A pair of massive cloisonné enamel vases Circa 1800
Lot 124
A pair of massive cloisonné enamel pear-shaped vases Jiaqing
£60,000 - 80,000
US$ 96,000 - 130,000

Lot Details
A pair of massive cloisonné enamel vases Circa 1800 A pair of massive cloisonné enamel vases Circa 1800
A pair of massive cloisonné enamel pear-shaped vases
Jiaqing
Each brightly enamelled around the bulbous body and straight cylindrical neck in shades of green, red, blue, black, mauve, red and yellow, with numerous cranes and birds in flight and perched on peony, lotus and chrysanthemum blooms, all on a turquoise-blue diaper ground, with turbulent waves and rockwork at the foot, and a classic scroll in gilt bronze on a blue enamel ground around the everted mouth rim.
71.8cm (28¼in) high (2).

Footnotes

  • The present vases take their form from archaic ritual bronze hu vessels of the Zhou and Han dynasties. Although the overall shape and composition of the archaic model is retained, the craftsmen have created a piece in contemporary taste with the incorporation of brightly-enamelled birds and flowers. The present pair are rare for their large size and elaborate diaper grounds.

    Compare a similar but smaller pear-shaped Ming dynasty example without birds and diaper ground motif, illustrated by H.Brinker & A.Lutz, Chinese Cloisonné: The Pierre Uldry Collection, London, 1989, pl.351.
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