Property from Various Owners
A Canton enameled peach and bat-form coral branch stand
20th/21st Century replica after an 18th/19th Century prototype
The multi-pronged coral branch fitting into a complicated pyramidal base incorporating nine peaches, ten bats and three shou medallions that rests upon a separate gilt metal stand elaborately cast with additional bats amid clouds, the base of the stand bearing a six-character Qianlong mark in a single horizontal line of regular script enclosed within a double-lined rectangle; together with a modern hongmu storage box, its sliding front cover carved in shallow relief with two dragons amid clouds and smoke above Mount Meru surrounding a vertical reserve carved with a spurious explanation of the origin of the piece, the arching handle above in the form of two dragons also bearing a six-character Qianlong mark.
27 1/2in (70cm) high
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