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.
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.
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