A large imperial gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel 'dragon' parfumier 19th century (3)

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Lot 65
A large imperial gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel 'dragon' parfumier
19th century

Sold for HK$ 562,500 (US$ 72,447) inc. premium
A large imperial gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel 'dragon' parfumier
19th century
The tall pierced cylindrical mid-section decorated in relief with a gilt five-clawed dragon on a ground of swirling dark blue clouds, its long scaly body coiled upwards in chase of a flaming pearl, the domed cover modelled in the form of a yellow tiled roof surmounted by a band of ruyi-heads and a rounded knop issuing from a lotus bloom, all on a waisted gilt-bronze base encircled with a balustrade and raised on five ruyi-head feet.
110cm (43 1/2in) high (3).

Footnotes

  • 十九世紀 御製銅胎掐絲琺瑯盤龍香筒

    Examples of such towering incense holders with dragons, a symbol of the emperor, can be found in spacious halls and throne rooms of the imperial palaces, such as in the Hall of Supreme Harmony, 太和殿 Taihedian, Palace of Heavenly Purity, 乾清宮 Qianqinggong and Palace of Concentrated Beauty, 儲秀宮 Chuxiugong. These vessels were therefore an integral part of the furnishings flanking the emperor's seat of power and authority.

    Compare a similar pair of cloisonné enamel incense holders with coiling dragons in relief, mid-Qing dynasty, illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Enamels 4, Beijing, 2011, pl.128; another related cloisonné enamel incense holder with dragon decoration, Qianlong, is illustrated in The Prime Cultural Relics Collected by Shenyang Imperial Palace Museum. The Enamel Volume, Shenyang, 2007, p.86, no.1. See also another related pair, Qianlong, illustrated in Colorful, Elegant and Exquisite. A Special Exhibition of Imperial Enamel Ware from Mr. Robert Chang's Collection, Suzhou, 2007, pp.62-63.

    See a related large imperial gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel parfumier, 18th century, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 May 2012, lot 4122.

    類似於本拍品的盤龍香亭常為宮殿陳設品、實用器,通常見於主要宮殿中如太和殿及乾清宮,放置於大殿內兩側堂陛之上,用以焚香和裝飾殿堂。

    北京故宮博物院藏一對清中期掐絲琺瑯勾蓮盤龍紋香筒可資比較,見《故宮博物院藏品大系:琺瑯器編4》,北京及安徽,2011年,圖版128;另一件清乾隆的例子可參考《瀋陽故宮博物院院藏文物精粹:琺瑯卷》,瀋陽,2007年,頁86,編號1;再看張宗憲先生藏一對相關例子,著錄於《絢麗.華麗.至尊 – 香港張宗憲先生珍藏御製宮廷掐絲琺瑯器特展》,蘇州,2007年,頁62-63。

    參考另一件十八世紀御製銅胎掐絲琺瑯香筒,售於香港佳士得,2012年5月30日,編號4122。
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