A gilt-bronze and cloisonné-enamelled vase Qing dynasty
Lot 606
A gilt-bronze and cloisonné-enamelled vase Early Qing dynasty
HK$ 500,000 - 800,000
US$ 65,000 - 100,000
Lot Details
Various Owners
A gilt-bronze and cloisonné-enamelled vase
Early Qing dynasty
Decorated around the bulbous mid section with three taotie masks in between a band of ruyi scrolls, the trumpet mouth and flared foot adorned with the eight auspicious objects in between elaborate taotie masks formed masks with elements of archaic ruyi motifs, the interior mouth rim with further undulating foliage bearing lotus heads below a band of ruyi scrolls.
40.2cm high.

Footnotes

  • 清早期 銅胎掐絲琺瑯獸面紋花觚

    It is very rare to find a vessel worked with both archaistic and naturalistic motifs. The earliest prototype of such decorative motif, dated to the Jingtai period, is preserved in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, and illustrated in Enamel Ware in the Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties, Taipei, 1999, p.81, no.13.

    The re-establishment of the kilns at Jingdezhen during the early Qing dynasty and the establishment of the Imperial palace workshops saw the new development of decorative arts. This was further enhanced by the Jesuits which arrived in China introducing advanced enamelling techniques to the court. A very similar gilt-bronze and cloisonné-enamelled gu with both archaistic taotie design and lotus motif dated to the Kangxi period was donated by Charles Lang Freer in 1911 to the Smithsonian Institution (F1911.145a-c), illustrated in Cloisonné. Chinese Enamels from the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, New York, 2011, p.48, fig.3.31. Another comparable example is also illustrated by Brinker and Lutz, Chinese Cloisonné: The Pierre Uldry Collection, New York, 1989, pp.223-224, no.224.
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