A rare cloisonné enamel and gilt-bronze vase Early Ming dynasty
Lot 264
A rare cloisonné enamel and gilt-bronze vase Early Ming dynasty
Sold for HK$ 180,000 (US$ 23,212) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare cloisonné enamel and gilt-bronze vase
Early Ming dynasty
Of elegant pear-shaped form, the swollen body gently rising to a tall tapering neck, supported on a high splayed foot, brilliantly enamelled in rich tones of blue, yellow, red, green and white with six luxuriant lotus flowers amidst scrolling lotus and prunus, the foot with a band of ruyi motifs below a lappet collar, all set against a brilliant turquoise-blue ground, flanked at the shoulders by a pair of elaborate gilt-bronze lion-mask handles issuing ring handles.
16.8cm high.

Footnotes

  • 明初 銅胎掐絲琺瑯纏枝蓮花紋獸首銜耳長頸瓶

    The brilliant decoration on this vase, notably the six large lotus flowers rendered in rich enamels, is reminiscent of other early Ming vases from the former Qing court collection, preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing. For another pear-shaped vase with a similar decorative scheme, see The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Metal-bodied Enamel Ware, Hong Kong, 2001, pl.22. For a pear-shaped vase with identical ring handles, see ibid, pl.10.
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