An Imperial enamelled 'European subject' vase Qianlong six-character mark and of the period
Lot 540
A magnificent Imperial enamelled 'European subject' vase Qianlong seal mark and of the period
Sold for HK$ 1,460,000 (US$ 188,280) inc. premium
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The Property of Mr and Mrs Arthur Harris
A magnificent Imperial enamelled 'European subject' vase
Qianlong seal mark and of the period
Exquisitely enamelled with dense lotus scrolls bearing golden yellow, pink, lavender blue and purple blooms against a blue ground, the footrim decorated with clusters of camellia borne on curly vines below a lappets border, the mid-section with an ovoid cartouche on each of the four sides enclosing scenes of figural and rolling landscape of European descent, the interior covered in a pale blue glaze, the underside enamelled with a six-character zhuanshu seal mark.
36.6cm high.

Footnotes

  • It is rare to find an enamel-on-copper vase of this large size and quality, commissioned by the Imperial court from Guangzhou workshops. For a similar enamelled 'European subject' vase preserved in the British Museum, see Jenyns and Watson, Chinese Art II, New York, 1980, p.162, pl.113. Another closely related vase, possibly the pair to the British Museum vase, was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 3 December 2008, lot 2520. For a smaller 'European subject' enamelled vase in a private collection, see an enamel-on-copper vase from the collection of Nefrette Halim, to be offered at Sotheby's London, 7 November 2012, lot 113.

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