A rare imperial gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel incense burner and a cover The incense burner Wanli six-character mark and of the period, the cover 18th century (2)

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A rare imperial gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel incense burner and a cover
The incense burner Wanli six-character mark and of the period, the cover 18th century

Sold for HK$ 875,000 (US$ 112,662) inc. premium
A rare imperial gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel incense burner and a cover
The incense burner Wanli six-character mark and of the period, the cover 18th century
The body of compressed globular form, decorated with four dragons amidst meandering lotus scrolls, above a slightly domed foot with lotus lappets, rising to a short neck with a key-fret band on the pronounced mouth rim, the shoulders flanked by a pair of 'C'-shaped dragon handles, the base with a six-character mark; the later cover with gilt-bronze pierced meandering lotus scrolls above the rim and on the finial, decorated on the sides with circular cartouches enclosing the Buddhist wheel-of-fire interspersed with scrolls.
24.5cm (9 5/8in) wide (2).

Footnotes

  • 明萬曆 銅胎掐絲琺瑯雲龍紋香爐(蓋十八世紀)
    「大明萬曆年造」楷書款

    The present incense burner belongs to a selected group of imperial wares, each with a Da Ming Wanli Nian Zao mark. These marks are very consistent and are executed in cloisonné enamel, with the six-characters arranged in two parallel columns infilled with red enamel, enclosed within a rectanglular frame and surrounded by a band of cloud or ruyi-head motifs.

    There are several cloisonné enamel incense burners with the same Wanli reign mark and of the period, from the Qing Court collection, including a compressed globular incense burner with upright handles and elephant-head feet, and another rectangular incense burner and cover, with the Eight Buddhist Emblems on a white ground, illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Enamels 1, Beijing, 2011, pls.100-101.

    A related cloisonné enamel tripod incense burner, ding, Wanli mark and period, was sold in our London rooms, 10 July 2006, lot 45.

    此器具有明顯的明萬曆時代特徵。萬曆年間,掐絲琺瑯的工藝漸漸演變為以淺淡釉色為地為主,並擅長運用紅、藍、白、黃、綠等顏色為裝飾紋飾的色釉,形成鮮明的對比。從紋飾上也開始從單線勾勒的纏枝花卉主題漸漸發展成以龍鳳、海馬、瑞獸等吉祥長壽的圖案為主,題材更為廣泛。

    本器另一值得留意的是其年代款識。萬曆時期大多在器物底部的中心處以彩釉組成長方形如意雲頭紋一周,填紅釉「大明萬曆年造」六字楷書款或「萬曆年造」四字款,與本拍品如出一轍,而這種裝飾手法並未見於其他朝代上。更多有關萬曆時期掐絲琺瑯的工藝,請詳閱B.Quette「The Emergence of Cloisonné Enamels in China」一文,著錄於《Cloisonné. Chinese Enamels from the Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasty》,2011年,紐約,頁44至45。

    北京故宮博物院藏兩件明萬曆時期的掐絲琺瑯爐可資參考,見《故宮博物院藏品大系:琺瑯器編1》,北京及安徽,2011年,頁204-207,圖版100及101。另見倫敦邦瀚斯售出一例,2006年7月10日,編號45。
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A rare imperial gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel incense burner and a cover The incense burner Wanli six-character mark and of the period, the cover 18th century (2)
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