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A RARE CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL AND GILT-BRONZE 'DRAGON' VASE, TIANQIUPING
QING DYNASTY, EARLY 18TH CENTURY 
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9
A RARE CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL AND GILT-BRONZE 'DRAGON' VASE, TIANQIUPING
QING DYNASTY, EARLY 18TH CENTURY 
Stima
500.000700.000
Lotto. Venduto 2,240,000 HKD (Prezzo di aggiudicazione con commissione d'acquisto)
VAI AL LOTTO

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Roger Keverne - 50 Years in the Trade

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A RARE CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL AND GILT-BRONZE 'DRAGON' VASE, TIANQIUPING
QING DYNASTY, EARLY 18TH CENTURY 
cast with a globular body resting on a gilt-bronze countersunk base and surmounted by a tall tubular neck with a gilt-bronze lipped mouthrim, the exterior decorated in vivid cloisonné enamels with a pair of two-clawed scaly red dragons writhing ferociously and sinuously amidst dense clusters of variegated blue clouds resembling flowering blooms, all above a band of crashing waves encircling the foot, the details finely accentuated with thin gilt-bronze outlines
24 cm, 9 3/4  in.
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Provenienza(e)

Collection of Kenneth Malcolm (1908-84).
John Sparks Ltd, London.

Nota a catalogo

Finely enamelled in shades of blue and red to resemble underglaze-blue and red porcelains, this vase is extremely rare for its rendering of the theme inspired by the celebrated Southern Song ink handscroll painting Nine Dragons by the prominent poet, calligrapher and artist, Chen Rong (active 1235-58). The innovative spirit of the original painting has been continued on this vase, where the craftsman has attempted to recreate the atmospheric billowing clouds through petal-shaped cloisons that have been filled with graduating tones of blue. The overlapping cloud form has also cleverly been developed to resemble peony flowers, which are considered the 'king of flowers'.

An underglaze-blue vase decorated with the Nine Dragons motif reveals that the Yongzheng Emperor had access to and was an admirer of the painting. The craftsman has successfully manipulated the cobalt-blue to produce a vase that clearly points to its prototype; this Yongzheng mark and period vase was sold in these rooms, 20th May 1986, lot 40, and is published in James Spencer, Selected Chinese Ceramics from Han to Qing Dynasties, Taipei, 1990, pl. 126, and in Geng Baochang, Ming Qing ciqi jianding [Appraisal of Ming and Qing porcelain], Hong Kong, 1993, col. pl. 103. Compare also a Yongzheng mark and period underglaze-red and blue tianqiuping decorated with a large red dragon striding through crashing waves, in the Qing Court collection, and still in Beijing, published in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red (III), Shanghai, 2000, pl. 197.

Compare vases enamelled in a similar style with this motif, but attributed to the Qianlong period; one of similar bottle form but with a small foot, and the design on a white ground, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in Compendium of Collection in the Palace Museum. Enamels, vol. 3, Cloisonné in the Qing Dynasty, Beijing, 2011, pl. 102; and a large tianqiuping, decorated with a blue dragon against polychrome clouds, sold twice in our London rooms, 12th June 1990, lot 52, and again, 9th November 2011, lot 401.

Roger Keverne - 50 Years in the Trade

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