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Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 1 June 2015: Lot 8 

Lot 8

Lot 8
Treasury 6, no. 1117 (‘Standard Archaism’)
HK$106,250

Famille-rose enamels on copper with gold (cloisonné); with a flat lip and deeply recessed flat foot surrounded by a protruding flat foot rim; decorated on each main side with an identical composition of a foliate panel containing four kui dragons surrounding a shou (‘longevity’) character, the panels surrounded by a formalized floral design on a black ground, the shoulders with a band of formalized lingzhi beneath a band of leiwen (‘thunder pattern’), the narrow sides with vertical bands of formalized floral design; all exterior exposed metal gilt, including the foot
Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing 1760–1800
Height: 5.4 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.66/1.46 cm
Stopper: tourmaline; plastic collar

Provenance:
Unidentified Shanghai dealer (prior to 1948)
Margaret Prescott Wise
Edgar and Roberta Wise (1995)
Robert Kleiner (1996)

Published:
Treasury 6, no. 1117

This design in cloisonné seems to have been a popular one from sometime during the mid-Qianlong period to the end of the reign. Many examples exist that are of the same subject of typically imperial, highly stylized archaistic kui dragons set in panels, and all are of similar shape. Several series are found in several different colour combinations, with some fully inlaid with enamel and others partially inlaid. For examples, see the commentary on this bottle in Treasury 6.

The entire group has previously been considered nineteenth century simply because its exemplars looked obviously later than the ones with Qianlong reign marks. However, this group represents such a high technical level of cloisonné artistry that it seems sensible to expect them to have been part of imperial production, possibly in the palace workshops, possibly elsewhere.

 

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