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A PAIR OF LARGE CLOISONNE TRIPOD CENSERS QIANLONG MARKS AND PERIOD
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273
A PAIR OF LARGE CLOISONNE TRIPOD CENSERS QIANLONG MARKS AND PERIOD
Estimation
60 00080 000
Lot. Vendu 50,000 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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A PAIR OF LARGE CLOISONNE TRIPOD CENSERS QIANLONG MARKS AND PERIOD
each with a globular body set on three stout cabriole legs and surmounted by a short cylindrical neck and a wider upright mouth, the shoulder affixed with a pair of tall S-curved handles, the entirety covered in continuous polychrome lotus and chrysanthemum scrolls against a turquoise ground, the coiling vines issuing spirals of new growth in bright alternating colors, the dense pattern interrupted only by six foliate-rimmed navy-ground 'scrolling lotus' medallions evenly spaced around the body and a large chrysanthemum blossom at the underside of the belly, gilt bands at the feet and the edges of each segment, a six-character reign mark incised at the rim, one censer with a metal liner (3)
Width 17 in., 43.1 cm
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Provenance

American Private Collection, acquired in the 1950s-60s (by repute).

Description

The present lavishly decorated pair of censers exemplify the high level of artistic and technical achievement of cloisonné enamel craftsmanship during the Qianlong period (r. 1736-1795). Cloisonné enamel censers of this type were likely used to furnish the temples located within the imperial compound.

Compare a censer with cover, but with a more globular body and decorated with geometric kuilong and floral scrolls, from the Alfred Morrison Collection and Fonthill Heirlooms, sold at Christie’s London, 18th October 1971, lot 110, and again at Christie’s Hong Kong, 1st December 2010, lot 3032; one decorated with floral scrolls, illustrated in Sir Harry Garner, Chinese and Japanese Cloisonné Enamels, London, 1962, pl. 70; another enameled with archaistic motifs, sold at Christie’s New York, 26th March 2010, lot 1183; and a smaller censer decorated with an interlacing lotus design, illustrated as part of a five-piece altar set, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, published in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum. Enamels. 3. Cloisonne in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Beijing, 2011, pl. 6.

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