A PAINTED ENAMEL 'ROMANCE OF THE WESTERN CHAMBER' TEAPOT AND COVER Qianlong (2)

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Lot 9
A PAINTED ENAMEL 'ROMANCE OF THE WESTERN CHAMBER' TEAPOT AND COVER
Qianlong

Sold for HK$ 190,000 (US$ 24,437) inc. premium
A PAINTED ENAMEL 'ROMANCE OF THE WESTERN CHAMBER' TEAPOT AND COVER
Qianlong
The globular body resting on a short foot, the exterior exquisitely painted in enamel with a continuous story of a young lady sitting at a table set with a mirror, flower arrangement, incense burner and box behind a circular open window, two open-work screens behind the lady opened to a garden containing walking cranes, outdoor furniture and jagged rocks issuing flourishing flowers and trees, a young man in front of an arch to another bridged garden, holding a fan in his right hand and robe hem on this left hand, tiptoeing towards the lady's window, all within gilt spearhead border and a narrow band, the domed cover painted with a garden scene between a band of spearheads and keyfret under a gilt finial, box.
12cm (4 3/4in) high. (2).

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 粉彩西廂記故事圖茶壺

    The teapot depicts a scene from the play Xixiangji, or 'Romance of the Western Chamber' complied by Wang Shifu (1260-1336 AD). See an illustration of a woodblock print depicting a similar scene, published in chongke yuan ben ti ping yin yi xixiangji, vol.1, 1592, p.17. Compare a closely related enamelled teapot, 18th century, in the Peabody Essex Museum, published by W.R.Sargent, Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics, New Haven, 2007, no.159.

    壺身球形,直流,曲柄,白胎之上繪粉彩人物故事圖,花園中山石堆砌,有桐木,芭蕉,雜花葳蕤,小閣圓窗後有仕女座朱椅向外張望,身前繪金色妝台,上有寶鏡,插花,香具擺設,身後一對雕花窗,開向園中,有菖蒲盆栽,仙鶴信步之景,另一端繪一錦衣少年執扇躡足而前,神態畢肖,身後一彎拱門通向花園池塘更深處,口沿之下繪箭頭花紋一周,圈足之上繪金彩弦紋一道,壺蓋隆起繪山石雜木,蓋鈕塗金。

    茶壺圖案取材自《西廂記》「墻角聯吟」一齣,躡腳前行之少年即為張君寶,而窗前探望者即是崔鶯鶯,此圖粉本可能為晚明刊行元代王實甫撰《西廂記》話本之插圖,可參考《重刻元本題評音釋西廂記》,明萬曆二十年(1592年)​熊氏忠正堂本,卷上,頁17。此壺器型則是乾隆時期歐洲市場訂購之茶壺,參考美國皮博迪埃塞克斯博物館藏一件十八世紀粉彩神話人物茶壺,其形制與本件如出一轍,見W.R.Sargent編,《Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics》,紐黑文,2007年,編號159。

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  • Please note that this lot should read: A famille rose 'Romance of the Western Chamber' teapot and cover.
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A PAINTED ENAMEL 'ROMANCE OF THE WESTERN CHAMBER' TEAPOT AND COVER Qianlong (2)
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