A cloisonné enamel and gilt-bronze tripod censer Qianlong incised five-character mark and of the period
Lot 274
A cloisonné enamel and gilt-bronze tripod censer Qianlong incised five-character mark and of the period
Sold for HK$ 540,000 (US$ 69,638) inc. premium
Lot Details
A cloisonné enamel and gilt-bronze tripod censer
Qianlong incised five-character mark and of the period
Of compressed globular form with a short flared neck and flat everted rim mounted with a pair of upright handles, supported on three cabriole legs, brilliantly enamelled in rich colours with lotus flowers amidst dense floral scroll, all on a turquoise ground, enamelled with collars of ruyi motifs at the shoulder and above the legs, the underside inset with a gilt-bronze square incised with the four-character mark and the character zhen.
11.3cm (4 1/2in) high.

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆  銅胎掐絲琺瑯纏枝蓮花紋雙耳爐 《乾隆年製.真》楷書款

    A similar tripod censer was sold, Sotheby's Hong Kong, 8 April 2010, lot 1959.

    Another cloisonné enamel tripod censer, which is also incised with a four-character Qianlong reign, is illustrated by Helmut Brinker and Albert Lutz, Chinese Cloisonné: The Pierre Uldry Collection , Zurich, 1989, nos. 245, 245a. Brinker and Lutz discuss this use of a supplemental character with the reign mark found on some cloisonné pieces of the Qianlong period, suggesting these characters refer to locations or possibly, when related pieces are assembled, the characters confer a salutation or propitious wish (ibid. p. 74).
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