A rare Guangdong 'Imperial-Tribute' famille rose painted enamel waterpot Iron-red four-character Qianlong mark and of the period
Lot 128
A rare famille rose Guangzhou enamel water pot Iron-red Qianlong four-character mark and of the period
Sold for £18,000 (US$ 29,151) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare Guangdong 'Imperial-Tribute' famille rose painted enamel waterpot Iron-red four-character Qianlong mark and of the period
The Property of a Gentleman
A rare famille rose Guangzhou enamel water pot
Iron-red Qianlong four-character mark and of the period
The elegant vessel made for the scholar's desk, of slight ovoid form with high walls and shoulders rising to the short waisted neck and lipped rim, delicately painted on the exterior with myriad rosettes floating on the white enamel surface, the mark within a double square, box.
6cm (2⅜in) diam. (2).

Footnotes

  • The water pot is superbly decorated with rosettes, also known as the 'posy' design. This design was clearly admired in the Imperial Court from the Yongzheng to the Qianlong period, as exemplified in the surviving similarly decorated vessels in the Qing Court Collections now in the Palace Museum, Beijing and the National Palace Museum, Taipei, made in painted enamel, porcelain and cloisonné enamel. It is very possible that the present water pot was either commissioned for the Court or presented as tribute. For painted enamel examples see The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Metal-Bodied Enamel Ware, Hong Kong, 2002, pls.199, 213 (Qianlong marked examples); Enamel Ware in the Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties, Taipei, 1999, pls.139-140 (Qianlong marked examples); M.Gillingham, Chinese Painted Enamels, Oxford, 1978, pls.22 and 73, illustrating a painted enamel ink-stone cover, attributed to the Kangxi or Yongzheng period and stated to be of Imperial quality and a Qianlong marked example. For porcelain examples see Harmony and Integrity: The Yongzheng Emperor and His Times, Taipei, 2009, pls.II-87 (Yongzheng marked example); Liao Pao Show, ed.,Stunning Decorative Porcelains from the Ch'ien-lung Reign, Taipei, 2008, pls.23, 37, and 76 (Qianlong marked examples). For a cloisonné enamel example see ibid, Metal Bodied Enamel-Ware, pl.144.

    Compare a related small painted enamel box and cover, Qianlong mark and period, decorated with rosettes, sold at Christie's New York, 20 September 2005, lot 122.
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