A rare gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel ribbed incense burner Late Ming Dynasty

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A rare gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel ribbed incense burner
Late Ming Dynasty

Sold for HK$ 400,000 (US$ 51,495) inc. premium
A rare gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel ribbed incense burner
Late Ming Dynasty
The cylindrical body supported on three cabriole feet, the exterior decorated with seven horizontal bands of prunus and ruyi-head leafy scrolls between raised ribs, all enamelled in vivid tones of white, yellow, red, blue and green against a rich turquoise ground.
9cm (3 1/2in) high

Footnotes

  • 明晚期 銅胎掐絲琺瑯奩式爐

    The form of the present lot derives from gilt-bronze tripod circular incense burners of the Eastern Han period. An example of one such early piece is in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Wenwu mingjia dajiangtang. Zhongguo qingtongqi, Beijing, 2008, p.274. These prototypes were the source of inspiration for many later periods and appear in a wide range of different mediums; see for example an earthenware incense burner applied with green glaze, Tang dynasty, illustrated by J.Ayers, Far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1980, no.51. In the National Palace Museum, Taipei, there are several porcelain examples of tripod incense burners with very similar narrow concentric bands forming ribs, Xuande, illustrated by Liao Baoxiu, Dianya fuli - gugong cangci, Taipei, 2013, pp.41 and 137, pls.5, 6 and 30.

    Compare the narrow bands of ruyi-shaped motifs on scrolling vines, with the similarly rendered motifs on a cloisonné enamel box and cover, Wanli mark and period, and on the foot of a cloisonné enamel box and cover, late Ming dynasty, illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Enamels 1, Beijing, 2011, pls.106 and 157. This form and related style continued onto the Qianlong period as demonstrated in the cloisonné enamel tripod censer, Qianlong mark and period, sold at Christie's London, 6 November 2012, lot 46.

    本器器型源自東漢時期的銅鎏金三足爐,可參考北京故宮博物院藏一件東漢時期建武二十一年鎏金斛,見《文物名家大講堂:中國青銅器》,北京,2008年,頁274。此造型深刻影響往後朝代,後來的風格都有其傳承遺跡,見倫敦維多利亞及阿伯特博物館藏一唐代綠釉爐(編號86-1950),著錄於J.Ayres,《Eastern Ceramics. Victoria and Albert Museum》,倫敦,1980年,編號51。

    此造型更多見於瓷器例子上,可參見台北國立故宮博物院藏三件明宣德瓷爐包括一件紫紅釉弦紋三足爐、青花纏枝蓮弦紋三足爐及無款孔雀綠釉弦紋三足爐,著錄於廖寶秀,《典雅富麗 – 故宮藏瓷》,台北,2013年,頁41及137,圖版5、6及30;另見倫敦大英博物館藏一明萬曆三足爐,同樣也飾弦紋,見J.Harrison-Hall,《Ming Ceramics》,倫敦,2001年,頁336,編號II:158。

    本器上所飾的如意花卉紋可與北京故宮博物館藏一明萬曆蓋盒以及另一件明晚期掐絲琺瑯山水人物紋圓盒上足部的紋飾作比較,見《故宮博物院藏品大系:琺瑯器編1》,北京及安徽,2011年,頁288-289,圖版106及157。此器形於乾隆一朝亦有沿襲,見倫敦佳士得售出一例,2012年11月6日,編號46。
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