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A FINE CLOISONNE ENAMEL DOCUMENT BOX
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 85,250 GBP
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A FINE CLOISONNE ENAMEL DOCUMENT BOX
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 85,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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A FINE CLOISONNE ENAMEL DOCUMENT BOX
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
of rectangular form, each face brightly polychrome enamelled with a village river landscape of boats and houses on stilts with mountains in the distance, all within a gilt keyfret band and raised on a low waisted base with shaped apron, the hinged cover fitted to the front with a pierced gilt-metal lock plate and to the rear with a pair of cloisonne enamel hinges
44 by 38 by 28cm., 17 3/8 by 15 by 11in.
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Catalogue Note

The companion piece to this chest, in the Pierre Uldry collection, was included in the exhibition Chinesisches Cloisonné. Die Sammlung Pierre Uldry, Rietberg Museum, Zurich, 1985, cat. no. 315. The riverscape scene adorning these boxes depicts the journey undertaken by many candidates to sit the government examinations in the hope of becoming officials. Coupled with the inscriptions on the sails of two boats, hui shi, denoting the examination for the jinshi degree, and ling, which can be translated as 'command', the scenes suggest that these chests may have been presented as a gift upon success in the jinshi examinations or the scholastic use of these boxes. 

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