An extremely rare cloisonné-enamelled circular box and cover Wanli six-character mark and of the period
Lot 351
An extremely rare cloisonné-enamelled circular box and cover Wanli six-character mark and of the period
Sold for HK$ 437,500 (US$ 56,364) inc. premium

Lot Details
An extremely rare cloisonné-enamelled circular box and cover Wanli six-character mark and of the period An extremely rare cloisonné-enamelled circular box and cover Wanli six-character mark and of the period
The Property of a private North American collector (lots 351-352)
An extremely rare cloisonné-enamelled circular box and cover
Wanli six-character mark and of the period
Of circular section with short straight sides, brilliantly enamelled in various colours of white, yellow, red, blue and green on a turquoise ground, featuring a central circular cartouche filled with meandering floral sprays bordered by keyfret scrolls, the sides further issuing scatterings of five-petalled flowers, the base decorated with a series of cloud and ruyi-head scrolls, the underside enamelled with a six-character mark within a rectangular enclosure.
10.2cm diam. (2).

Footnotes

  • 明萬曆 銅胎掐絲琺瑯纏枝花卉紋圓蓋盒 「大明萬曆年造」楷書款

    Provenance 來源:
    Collection of Dr. Henry Spencer Houghton

    Dr. Henry Spencer Houghton served as the director of the Peking Union Medical College. On his first trip to China in 1906, he was sponsored by the Methodist Episcopal Board of Foreign Missions, and was later appointed to positions in Wuhu, Shanghai and Beijing. Following the First World War he worked under the Rockefeller Foundation to establish the Peking Union Medical College, where he served as director from 1921-1928.

    Wanli reign-marked cloisonné-enamelled vessels are extremely rare, and only a small number is preserved in private and museum collections. The majority consists of large dishes with flanged rims in many foliations. For the two other known examples of Wanli reign-marked boxes and covers of this form, see a box and cover decorated with a shou character amidst flowers, formerly in the collection of Sir Percival David, illustrated by Sir Harry Garner, Chinese and Japanese Cloisonné Enamels, London, 1962, pl. 47A and 47B, and later in the Uldry collection, also illustrated by Helmut Brinker, Chinese Cloisonné. The Pierre Uldry Collection, New York, 1989, pl. 112 (fig.1); and an example from the Qing Court collection, preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum. Enamels 1: Cloisonné in the Yuan and Ming Dynasties,, Beijing, 2011, pp.210-211, no. 104 (fig.2). Two other boxes and covers of differing form in the Palace Museum are also illustrated, ibid, nos.105-106.

    For an example of Wanli reign-marked cloisonné enamel sold at auction, see a large incense burner and cover from the collection of Sir Basil Gould (1883-1957), who led the British Mission to Lhasa in 1936, sold in our London rooms, 5 November 2007, lot 98.

    本蓋盒為亨利(Henry Spencer Houghton)博士舊藏。亨利博士早年於1921至1928年間任北京協和醫學院院長,1906受美國教會資助,赴蕪湖,上海及北京任職。一戰之後,亨利博士在洛克菲勒基金會工作並專職籌建北京協和醫學院。

    帶有萬曆年款的銅胎掐絲琺瑯器存世量極為稀少,目前僅見少數幾件為私人和博物館所收藏,大部分為盤,蓋盒較為少見,目前有兩例,一例見大衛德基金會藏萬曆銅胎掐絲琺瑯壽字蓋盒,Sir Harry Garner著,《中國及日本掐絲琺瑯器》,倫敦,1962年,圖版47A及47B,另一例見Uldry舊藏,Helmut Brinker著,《Pierre Uldry藏中國掐絲琺瑯器》,紐約,1989年,圖版112(fig.1);北京故宮博物院清宮舊藏中亦有類似品,見《故宮博物院藏品大系:琺瑯器編1,元明掐絲琺瑯》,北京,2011年,頁210-211,圖104(fig.2),另見同著錄中另外兩件形制不同的明萬曆銅胎掐絲蓋盒,圖105-106。

    私人收藏之帶萬曆年款銅胎掐絲琺瑯器,見Basil勳爵舊藏一件明萬曆四足香爐,後倫敦邦瀚斯2007年11月5日拍賣,拍品98。
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