A copper-plate engraving of The Victory of Khorgos Qianlong Period
Lot 4406
A copper-plate engraving of The Victory of Khorgos
Qianlong Period
Sold for US$ 9,000 inc. premium

Fine Asian Works of Art

18 Dec 2007, 10:00 PST

San Francisco

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A copper-plate engraving of The Victory of Khorgos Qianlong Period A copper-plate engraving of The Victory of Khorgos Qianlong Period
A copper-plate engraving of The Victory of Khorgos
Qianlong Period
Framed and glazed; depicting Emperor Qianlong's victory in Central Asia, after a drawing by Wang Zhicheng (Jean-Denis Attiret, 1702-1768), inscribed by Emperor Qianlong in 1758, later engraved in France by Jaques Philippe Le Bas (1707-1783) under the supervision of Charles Nicolas Cochin (1715-1790) in 1774 (staining).
20 x 34 1/2in (51 x 88cm)

Footnotes

  • For similar copper-plate engraving, see Sotheby's Hong Kong, 9 October 2007, lot 1313. Other similar engravings are in the Musee Guimet, Paris, illustrated in Michele Pirazzoli-t'Serstevens, Gravures des Conquetes de L'Empereur de Chine, K'ien-long au Musee Guimet, Paris, 1969, PP.44-46.

    This engraving is one of an original set of sixteen commissioned by Emperor Qianlong in 1765 to commemorate his victorious campaigns between 1755 and 1759 in Central Asia. The original drawings were undertaken by the Jesuit missionaries at court, including Giuseppe Castiglione (Lang Shining), Jean-Denis Attiret (Wang Zhicheng), Ignatius Sichelbarth (Ai Qimeng) and Jean Damascene (An Deyi). A limited number of 200 sets were completed in Paris on specially produced paper by the best engravers of the time under the supervision of Charles-Nicolas Cochin of the Academie Royal at the Court of Louis XVI. The set finally made it back to Beijing in two batches, in 1772 and 1775, years after the deaths of both Attiret and Castiglione.
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