A rare pair of Imperial champlevé enamel openwork garden seats Qianlong (2)

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A rare pair of Imperial champlevé enamel openwork garden seats
Qianlong

Sold for HK$ 1,960,000 (US$ 252,328) inc. premium
A rare pair of Imperial champlevé enamel openwork garden seats
Qianlong
Each stool modelled in the form of a barrel, the rounded sides with openwork areas in the form of large double ruyi-heads, interspersed with medallions formed by three archaistic chi dragons and between bands of large ruyi-heads, amidst an overall dense ground of lotus blooms and bats on leafy tendrils repeated on the top of the seat, all brilliantly enamelled in vibrant tones of red, blue, green, yellow, and pink on a pale turquoise ground.
Each 53cm (20 7/8in) high (2).

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 御製銅胎鎏金內填琺瑯繡墩一對

    Provenance 來源:
    Marcel Proust (1871–1922), and thence by descent, by repute

    傳由法國作家馬塞爾·普魯斯特(1871-1922)收藏,後由家族繼承

    Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust (1871-1922) was a renowned French novelist, author of the famous seven-volume novel À la recherche du temps perdu, written between 1913 and 1927, based on Proust's personal life told from a psychological and allegorical point of view. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest authors of all time. Proust's father, Adrien Achille Proust (1834-1903), was a prominent pathologist and epidemiologist, dedicated to the research and study of the cholera disease. It is known that Proust senior dedicated his life to this medical field and travelled extensively to Asia. For his services, and his exceptional contribution to the understanding of how to control cholera, he was conferred the distinction of Commandeur de la Légion d'honneur in 1892.

    During the early to mid-Qing period, production of large sized and highly ornate enamel work reached unprecedented heights, reaching its zenith during the Qianlong period; champlevé enamel garden seats are exceptionally rare, but for cloisonné enamel examples, see Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Enamels 2, Cloisonné in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Beijing, 2011, pl.108; and another illustrated in ibid., vol.4, pl.130. Compare also the similar workmanship and colour-scheme on a champlevé enamel flowerpot, mid-Qing dynasty, illustrated ibid., vol.4, pl.22. A cloisonné enamel altar set with related bands of stylised kui dragons on the neck of the censer and mid-sections of the gu vases, mid-Qing dynasty, is illustrated in ibid., vol.4, pl.47.

    Compare a near identical pair of champlevé enamel barrel-form garden seats, dated Qianlong, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 28 May 2014, lot 3333. A cloisonné enamel pair of barrel-shaped seats with similar decoration from the Alfred Morrison collection, Fonthill heirlooms, was offered at Christie's London, 9 November 2004, lot 56.

    馬塞爾·普魯斯特是法國著名的意識流作家,其代表作《追憶逝水年華》全文共計七卷,是全世界最長的小說。作品結合作家親身經歷,細膩刻畫了十九世紀末至二十世紀初法國上流社會和文人雅士的心理活動,開創「意識流」小說之先河。馬塞爾的父親阿希爾是知名的傳染病學家,專研對霍亂疾病的治療。在他服役期間曾多次造訪亞洲,對控制及治療霍亂做出重大貢獻,並榮獲法國榮譽軍團勳章。

    清代宮廷掐絲琺瑯工藝持續發展,乾隆初期宮廷即召廣州製作掐絲琺瑯的高手入宮,至乾隆中後期,宮廷掐絲琺瑯的工藝及產量達到頂峰。此對繡墩以鏨胎填琺瑯工藝而製,繡墩壁作如意形鏤空,端莊穩重卻不失秀氣。清宮舊藏中比較少見鏨胎琺瑯繡墩,掐絲琺瑯者,見《故宮博物院藏品大系:琺瑯器編2》,北京,2011年,圖108,以及同著錄《琺瑯器編4》中另一件銅胎掐絲琺瑯繡墩,圖130。與此對繡墩工藝相似的一件清中期鏨胎琺瑯花盆,見同著錄《琺瑯器編4》,圖22。此外,可對比清中期一組鏨胎琺瑯貢器上的夔龍紋,與此對繡墩上的紋飾類似,見同著錄,圖47。

    香港佳士得曾售出一對清乾隆鏨胎琺瑯繡墩,形制及紋飾與此對如出一轍,2014年5月28日,編號3333。另見放山居舊藏一對銅胎掐絲琺瑯繡墩,其紋飾構圖可與本件作對比,售於倫敦佳士得,2004年11月9日,編號56。
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A rare pair of Imperial champlevé enamel openwork garden seats Qianlong (2)
A rare pair of Imperial champlevé enamel openwork garden seats Qianlong (2)
A rare pair of Imperial champlevé enamel openwork garden seats Qianlong (2)
A rare pair of Imperial champlevé enamel openwork garden seats Qianlong (2)
A rare pair of Imperial champlevé enamel openwork garden seats Qianlong (2)
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