A rare Imperial cloisonné enamel calligraphic panel Qianlong
Lot 75
A rare Imperial cloisonné enamel calligraphic panel
Qianlong
£80,000 - 120,000
US$ 130,000 - 190,000

Lot Details
A rare Imperial cloisonné enamel calligraphic panel Qianlong
A rare Imperial cloisonné enamel calligraphic panel
Qianlong
The exquisite panel with an elegantly simple background of gilt fretwork cloisons enclosing rich turquoise enamel, surmounted by a gilt-bronze calligraphic inscription boldly cast in high relief celebrating the extraordinary event of the birth of a great great great grandchild.
42cm x 78.8cm (16½in x 30¾in)

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 掐絲琺瑯御題詩掛屏

    Provenance: a European private collection, acquired in the 1960's.

    來源:歐洲私人收藏,購於1960年代

    The inscription reads:

    《御製 命彭元瑞曹文埴撿四庫全書古來見元孫者有幾,據奏,自唐迄明凡六人,詩以誌事》

    五世元孫膝上珍
    撿茲有幾命儒臣
    奏來詳悉翻四庫
    特出禎祥得六人
    恰彼古稀帝同數
    贏其家慶我饒臻
    如斯天貺叨駢疊
    忍不敕幾心愛民
    子臣永瑆敬書

    Which may be translated as:

    "Made by Imperial Command, I ordered Peng Yuanrui and Cao Wenzhi to gather the "Four Book Depositories" and see how many since ancient times had great great great grandchildren? According to the memorial they gave, from the Tang (618-907) to the Ming (1368-1644) altogether there were only six instances. I wrote this poem to commemorate the event:

    Fifth generation grandson, how precious on my knee,
    To search how many there were, I order my scholars.
    The memorial comes, in great detail sifting through the 'Four Depositories',
    There were six extraordinarily lucky people.
    They too were exactly seventy, the same as the Emperor,
    The family glorying and celebrating, I am exuberant.
    Heaven has honoured me repeatedly,
    I warn myself to be diligent and focused on loving the people, to thank god for his grace.
    Respectfully inscribed by your son and servant Yongxing"

    Yongxing (1752-1823), better known as Prince Cheng, was the eleventh son of the Qianlong Emperor. Since childhood he excelled in calligraphy, arousing even the attention of his talented father. Indeed, under Qianlong, Yongxing was appointed to be in charge of editing the 'Collectanea of Imperial books'. As such, he had the opportunity to study poetry and calligraphy from the Imperial collection. When his brother ascended the throne in 1799 to become the Jiaqing Emperor, Yongxing for a short while held a position as acting minister for the Board of Revenue and also as minister of the Board of Civil Office.

    For a brief version of his biography see Zhongguo Meishujia Renming Cidian, Shanghai, 1981, p.166.

    Another similar Imperial cloisonné enamel plaque mounted as a table was recently sold at Christie's London, 10 May 2011, lot 145. A jade plaque with the same inscription is in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei (museum ref. K1C005706N000000000).
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