Collection of Hermann von Mandl of Vienna, merchant and Consul to the Netherlands in Beijing in the late 19th Century.
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 30th October 2002, lot 206.
This panel is exceptional both in technique and decoration. The soft colouring is reminiscent of European water-colour painting, while the repoussé technique results in a three-dimensional effect. A panel of similar size, decorated in the same style with a comparable composition, perhaps by the same artist, was included in the exhibition Chinese Painted Enamels, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1978, cat.no. 118, and sold in our Monto Carlo rooms, 23rd June 1986, lot 1169.
Two much larger panels from the Qing court collection and still in Beijing, painted in a very similar style and colour scheme with a Chinese landscape with pavilions by a lake, are illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Metal-bodied Enamel Ware, Hong Kong, 2002, pls. 234 and 235, where they are described as Guangdong tribute wares to the court.
Compare also a smaller plaque painted in a different manner with figures in front of a ruined arch, included in the exhibition Chinese Painted Enamels, China House Gallery, The China Institute in America, New York, 1969-70, cat.no. 28.
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