A rare Imperial gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel 'lotus' vase Incised Qianlong six-character mark and shu character mark and of the period

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Lot 117
A rare Imperial gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel 'lotus' vase
Incised Qianlong six-character mark and shu character mark and of the period

Sold for HK$ 225,000 (US$ 28,672) inc. premium
A rare Imperial gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel 'lotus' vase
Incised Qianlong six-character mark and shu character mark and of the period
Brilliantly enamelled around the baluster-shaped body with four large peony blossoms borne on dense lotus scrolls, between raised bands of gilt lotus lappets and ruyi at the foot and shoulder, raised on a cylindrical foot and beneath a short neck decorated with floral sprays, beautifully enamelled in vivid tones of red, yellow, green, blue, white and reserved on a rich turquoise ground, the base incised with the marks in kaishu. 13.5cm (5 1/4in) high

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 銅胎掐絲琺瑯纏枝勾蓮紋小瓶 陰刻「大清乾隆年製」、「暑」楷書款

    The present lot displays the highly skilful craftsmanship of the cloisonné enamel ateliers combining the technique of enamelling with that of gilt bronze casting and chiselling, resulting in an opulent work of art embodying the Imperial taste during the Qianlong reign.

    The lotus is shown in full bloom, with the craftsman utilising different vibrant colours to distinguish each layer of petals and the central pod. A very similar lotus design can be seen on a cloisonné enamel incense burner, Qianlong mark and period, illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Enamels 2 Cloisonné in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Beijing, 2011, pl.220. Compare also a set of cloisonné enamel incense burner, vase and box, Qianlong marks and period, illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Enamels 3 Cloisonné in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Beijing, 2011, pl.4.

    The vase belongs to a group of gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel works of art with incised Qianlong kaishu marks and an additional single-character kaishu mark, known as the 'Thousand Character Classics' or qian zi wen (千字文). It has been suggested that the additional character could relate to numbering, designation of location, or set numbering; see H.Brinker and A.Lutz, Chinesisches Cloisonné Die Sammlung Pierre Uldry, Zurich, 1985, pp.74-79.

    A related cloisonné enamel vase, Qianlong mark and period, was sold in our London rooms, 8 November 2012, lot 245. See also a related cloisonné enamel incense burner, Qianlong mark and period, adorned with similar lotus blossoms, which was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 29 May 2013, lot 2055.

    瓶口微撇,束頸,豐肩,弧腹,腹部由上至下收斂,足牆筆直,圈足。瓶身掐絲琺瑯飾纏枝勾蓮四朵,肩部及近足處鏨花飾蕉葉紋及如意紋,器底陰刻「大清乾隆年製」及「暑」楷書款。

    此件小瓶形制特殊,較為少見,以類似勾蓮紋類裝飾之銅胎掐絲琺瑯香爐,同樣帶有「果」千字文款,見北京故宮博物院藏一例,《故宮博物院藏品大系:琺瑯器編2》,北京,2011年,編號220。另見北京故宮博物院藏清乾隆掐絲琺瑯纏枝蓮紋三式,其鏨胎蕉葉紋與本小瓶類似,見《故宮博物院藏品大系:琺瑯器編3》,北京,2011年,頁31,圖4。

    乾隆時期御製銅胎掐絲琺瑯器除鐫刻紀年款外,還會出現附加刻字款,俗稱千字文款。其用意可能是用來區別御用銅胎琺瑯器最初在各個宮殿、園囿的擺放位置,或在同一宮殿中不同的擺放位置。亦有學者指出是當時宮廷造辦處用於標記成對或成組器物的款識,見H.Brinker 及A.Lutz著,《Chinesisches Cloisonné Die Sammlung Pierre Uldry》,蘇黎士,1985年,頁74-79。

    倫敦邦瀚斯曾售出一件清乾隆銅胎掐絲小瓶,2012年11月8日,拍品245;另見香港佳士得售出乾隆一例,其勾蓮紋與此瓶類似,2013年5月29日,拍品2055。
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A rare Imperial gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel 'lotus' vase Incised Qianlong six-character mark and shu character mark and of the period
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