A European-subject gilt and blue-enamelled 'peach' clock Qianlong
Lot 387
A European-subject gilt and blue-enamelled 'peach' clock Qianlong
Sold for HK$ 225,000 (US$ 29,008) inc. premium

Lot Details
Property from an important private collection (lots 381-403)
A European-subject gilt and blue-enamelled 'peach' clock
Qianlong
Crafted in the form of peach issuing from gnarled branches, the main circular-domed glass panel encasing gilt Roman numerals at the extremities with the hour and minute dials affixed at the centre, the exterior further decorated with gilt European floral and vine scrolls on a rich blue enamelled ground.
20.4cm high.

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 銅胎透明琺瑯桃形鐘掛飾

    Provenance 來源:
    An European private collection

    Such unique blue enamels are widely used to decorate important pieces of European taste during the mid Qing dynasty. Compare a box and cover illustrated in Hebei Meishu Fenlei Quanji. Zhongguo Jinyin Boli Falangqi Quanji 6. Falangqi 2, Hebei, 2002, p.164, no.252. Time pieces in the Qing Imperial collection are not limited to just peach-shaped clocks, see also another guan-shaped clock mounted above an elephant also decorated with Roman numeral dials, see Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum. Enamels 4. Cloisonne in the Qing Dynasty, Beijing, 2011, p.133, no.85.

    桃及桃樹在人們心目中是「長壽」、「避邪」之物,關於桃的傳說與故事在中國流傳不斷,其中最廣為流傳故事則是有關「齊天大聖.孫悟空」偷盗王母娘娘種三千年才結果之仙桃,卻被孫悟空偷盗的民間故事,「桃」,從古時就被視為壽果,代表長壽之意,壽桃是壽宴時不可或缺的食物,也常被取材作為祝賀生日的用品,至於桃樹則被人們視為能驅魔、避邪,並能帶來好運之神樹。另更傳說:每年三月三日天上西王母都會在此日於天庭召諸神仙大集合開「蟠桃大會」,並摘桃祝壽宴請各路神仙,在中國至今仍將此日稱為「蟠桃節」,「桃」,既然有如此多與「長壽」有關意義,自然受到皇家重視,並被取其題材設計在皇帝使用器皿或文物上。

    在北京故宮有二個案例可供參考比較,北京故宮收藏有一件紫檀嵌百寶掛屏,在掛屏中也設計有一純觀賞鐘錶造形物,另外的一個案例為北京故宮所收藏一對琺瑯太平有象在象背上的琺瑯也同樣被設計成純供觀賞而不具備報時功能的藝術品,此種風格藝術品在當時大多為配合圓明園西洋樓等陳設特別製作。
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