A rare Imperial gilt-bronze and cloisonné-enamelled box and cover, from the Anyou Gong Qianlong incised mark and of the period
Lot 10
A rare Imperial gilt-bronze and cloisonné-enamelled box and cover, from the Anyou Gong Qianlong incised mark and of the period
Sold for HK$ 764,000 (US$ 98,516) inc. premium

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A rare Imperial gilt-bronze and cloisonné-enamelled box and cover, from the Anyou Gong Qianlong incised mark and of the period
A rare Imperial gilt-bronze and cloisonné-enamelled box and cover, from the Anyou Gong
Qianlong incised mark and of the period
Of gently compressed globular form rising from a slightly splayed foot, decorated with stylised lotus blossoms interspersed between C-scroll vines, all brilliantly enamelled in rich tones of red, blue, green, red, yellow and white against a rich turquoise ground, the gilded base with incised four-character mark, with additional incised 'anyou gong' characters. 7.5cm diam. (2).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Sotheby's London, 12 July 2006, lot 101

    The additional marks were incised to identify the location of where the boxes were housed within the Palace. In this instance, the three-character incised mark identifies this lot as originally housed in the Anyou Gong palace. Although there are other related cloisonné-enamelled boxes, it is very rare to find an example with a designated hallmark. For a set of box, incense burner, vase, jar and a dish, all with incised Qianlong reign marks and the additional hallmark 'Ningshou Gong Dier Fen' (Palace of Tranquil Longevity) in the Palace Museum, Beijing, see Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum. Enamels 3. Cloisonne in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Beijing, 2011, pp-32-33, no.5.

    The Anyou Gong is located within the Yuanmingyuan and was constructed during the seventh year of the Qianlong Emperor's reign (1742).

    清乾隆 銅胎掐絲珐琅「安佑宮」纏枝花卉蓋盒

    「乾隆年製」、「安佑宮」楷書刻款

    蓋盒扁圓形,蓋面高隆,子母口,圈足微撇。盒蓋、盒身上下相扣,盒身腹部至圈足向內收斂。蓋盒子母口口沿、圈足及盒內壁均爲素面鎏金,盒蓋、盒身外壁施藍色珐琅爲地,並以掐絲技法製寶相花及纏枝蓮紋,紋飾填以紅、黃、藍、綠、白色珐琅釉,圈足外壁亦掐絲填紅、藍釉變形蕉葉紋。盒底部陰刻「乾隆年製」四字款,款下刻「安佑宮」三字。此印盒銅胎周正工整,掐絲紋飾一絲不苟,整體製作工藝精湛,爲清宮御用文房用品。

    安佑宮位於圓明園西北隅,修建於乾隆七年(1742年),其規模宏大,佈局嚴謹,規格高於圓明園之正殿正大光明殿,完全模仿故宮太廟,殿內曾奉祀康熙、雍正遺像。乾隆時期宮廷御用珐琅器上,除刻紀年款以外,還開始出現千字文款以區別不同器物最初在各個宮殿、園囿的使用或擺放位置(參見本場拍賣第11號拍品,底部刻「投」字款),而此盒在紀年款下直接刻宮殿名稱,更顯其彌足珍貴。見北京故宮博物院藏一套銅胎掐絲珐琅勾蓮紋三式器具,其中小爐、瓶、盒、罐、及盤下都刻有「寧壽宮第二分」款識,參看故宮博物院編,《故宮博物院藏品大系•珐琅器編3》,2011年,頁33,圖版5。
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