A gilt-bronze and cloisonne-enamelled 'fruit offerings' figure Qing dynasty
Lot 386
A gilt-bronze and cloisonne-enamelled 'fruit offerings' figure Qing dynasty
Sold for HK$ 75,000 (US$ 9,675) inc. premium
Lot Details
Property from an important private collection (lots 381-403)
A gilt-bronze and cloisonne-enamelled 'fruit offerings' figure
Qing dynasty
Standing atop an elaborately decorated pedestal with lotus sprays, downward lotus lappets and quatrefoil diaper patterns, the figure balanced on his left feet with right knee bent, wearing loose robes, his ferocious facial expression with long beard, opened mouth revealing sharp teeth, the face flanked by lobed ears and framed within a helmet, both hands raised high supporing a tray of ripe peach, pomegranate and finger citron, all finely enamelled in white, yellow, red, aubergine, blue, green and black on a vivid turquoise ground.
31.8cm high.

Footnotes

  • 清 銅胎掐絲琺瑯仙人祝壽像

    Provenance 來源:
    Sotheby's London, 30 May 1961, lot 395
    T.B. Kitson collection
    倫敦蘇富比,1961年5月30日,編號395
    T. B. Kitson 凱森私人珍藏

    Compare a related seated figure of Maitreya decorated in gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel, dated to the Qianlong period, preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Buddhist Statues of Tibet. The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 2003, p.262, lot 251. For further references on related examples sold at auction, see Sotheby's London, 30 May 1961, lot 395; Sotheby's New York, 18 September 2007, lot 156; and another at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 May 2012, lot 3906.

    眾多掐絲琺瑯器中,一般以器皿類居多,相對以掐絲琺瑯為題材所作人物造型掐絲琺瑯器,則出乎意料到寥寥可數。以仙人祝壽為主題之掐絲琺瑯器,則更為稀罕珍貴。而掐絲琺瑯人物少的原因,就如同北京故宮博物院資深專家陳麗華女士,發表於1999年澳門藝術博物館所出版圖錄《盛世風華-北京故宮清代康、雍、乾書畫器物精品展》頁311所述及之文章:「乾隆時期的掐絲琺瑯裝飾圖案內容較為豐富,如難度較大的人物也被用來作琺瑯的裝飾題材,不能不承認它是掐絲琺瑯工藝發展到極高水準的表現...」,陳女士以她淵博專業素養一語道破了掐絲琺瑯人物稀少的原因,原為製作上產生的難度問題。

    此器為最著名琺瑯器收藏家T.B. Kitson舊藏。T.B. Kitson為上世紀60年代全世界收藏琺瑯器物權威,他於1960年至1961年分別於英國蘇富比舉行三場專拍。其中的一對掐絲琺瑯番人並在2007年6月13日重現於法國佳士得琺瑯器拍賣會,編號27,此對琺瑯番人與本次拍品均來自於英國蘇富比拍賣公司1961年5月30日同一場拍賣會。早在上個世紀初,歐洲收藏家對亞洲藝術已極為重視,到了19世紀中期,歐洲藏家對中國藝術熱愛更達到了前所未見之境界,在當時歐洲藏家們盛行的收藏為青銅器、唐山彩、古玉、宋瓷等,但T.B. Kitson以他獨特之眼力跳脫了當時收藏思維與流行,一生致力於其琺瑯器收藏,其毅力及眼光實令人無限敬佩。令世人也以能擁有T.B. Kitson,所珍藏過的掐絲琺瑯器而引以為榮。
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