Meriem Collection Sale One / 602

The Meriem Collection. Lot 602

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Of flattened spherical form with recessed foot surrounded by
a footrim, finely enameled on one side with a white-flowered
peony stem overlapping an osmanthus branch and blossoming
asters, the reverse painted with a butterfly hovering above three
stems of chrysanthemums growing amidst grasses, asters and bare
rose branches bearing pendent rose hips, all against a translucent
ground shading from a darker to a pale milky caramel color,
the foot inscribed in pale blue enamel in regular script Guyue
Xuan (Ancient Moon Pavilion), tourmaline stopper with giltmetal
5.4 cm. high

P R O V E N A N C E :
Robert Hall, London.

This is one of a distinctive group of enamels produced for the Court
from some time shortly after the construction of the Guyue Xuan for the
Qianlong Emperor in 1767 until the Emperor’s death in 1799. Some
of the Guyue Xuan group were produced at the Palace workshops,
including this example, while others were made elsewhere, probably at
Yangzhou (see lots 610 and 690). Among the Beijing products is a small
group on mostly earlier colored glass bottles made at the Imperial
Glassworks which include Imperial yellow and sapphire-blue versions.
This is a rare example on a caramel-colored ground.

See another example on caramel-colored ground, formerly from the
Mack Collection, and now in the Denis Low Collection, More Treasures
from the Sanctum of Enlightened Respect, p. 18, no. 15, which is also
attributed to the Palace Workshops in Beijing, and two other examples
illustrated in B. Stevens, The Collector’s Book of Chinese Snuff Bottles,
no. 955 (on a yellow ground) and no. 960 (on a turquoise ground). For a
Guyue Xuan-marked example on caramel-colored ground but attributed
to Yangzhou, see one from the Blanche B. Exstein collection, sold in
these rooms, 21 March 2002, lot 27, which bears a Guyue Xuan mark
in red.

The Meriem Collection. Lot 602

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