AN IMPERIAL ENAMEL 'FLORAL MEDALLION' SEAL PASTE BOX AND COVER  Qianlong mark and of the period

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AN IMPERIAL ENAMEL 'FLORAL MEDALLION' SEAL PASTE BOX AND COVER
Qianlong mark and of the period

Sold for US$ 60,000 inc. premium
AN IMPERIAL ENAMEL 'FLORAL MEDALLION' SEAL PASTE BOX AND COVER
Qianlong mark and of the period
Of octalobed form, all surfaces covered in white enamel except for the raised gilded edges and lip, the top of the gently-domed cover and sides of the box finely painted with a profusion of different floral medallions, irregularly spaced with some overlapping, the sides of the cover decorated with floral scrolls, the interior painted with a still life of lotus root, finger citron, melon, rose and berries with two fluttering butterflies, all enclosed within a border of five linked bats, the base of the box inscribed in blue enamel with the four-character reign mark within a double-square.
2in (5cm) wide

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 銅胎畫琺瑯皮球花花式印泥蓋盒 《乾隆年製》款

    The design of scattered varied floral medallions seen on the present example is known in Chinese as piqiu hua, literally meaning ball flowers. This design was clearly admired in the Imperial Court from the Yongzheng to the Qianlong periods, as seen on similarly decorated examples in the Qing Court Collections now surviving in the Palace Museum, Beijing and the National Palace Museum, Taipei. This design was used on objects made in painted enamel, porcelain and cloisonné enamel. For painted enamel examples with Qianlong marks see The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Metal-Bodied Enamel Ware, Hong Kong, 2002, pls.199 and 213; and Enamel Ware in the Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties, Taipei, 1999, pls.139 and 140.

    An almost identical example to the present lot, but with the floral medallions arranged slightly differently, was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 7 April 2015, lot 3612. A circular seal paste box and cover with similar decoration from the Andrew L. and Amanda Adams Love collection was sold at Christie's, New York, 20 September 2005, lot 122; and a twelve-lobed box with the same decoration was sold in our London rooms, 17 May 2012, lot 150.
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AN IMPERIAL ENAMEL 'FLORAL MEDALLION' SEAL PASTE BOX AND COVER  Qianlong mark and of the period
AN IMPERIAL ENAMEL 'FLORAL MEDALLION' SEAL PASTE BOX AND COVER  Qianlong mark and of the period
AN IMPERIAL ENAMEL 'FLORAL MEDALLION' SEAL PASTE BOX AND COVER  Qianlong mark and of the period
AN IMPERIAL ENAMEL 'FLORAL MEDALLION' SEAL PASTE BOX AND COVER  Qianlong mark and of the period
AN IMPERIAL ENAMEL 'FLORAL MEDALLION' SEAL PASTE BOX AND COVER  Qianlong mark and of the period
AN IMPERIAL ENAMEL 'FLORAL MEDALLION' SEAL PASTE BOX AND COVER  Qianlong mark and of the period
AN IMPERIAL ENAMEL 'FLORAL MEDALLION' SEAL PASTE BOX AND COVER  Qianlong mark and of the period
AN IMPERIAL ENAMEL 'FLORAL MEDALLION' SEAL PASTE BOX AND COVER  Qianlong mark and of the period
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