A RARE CLOISONNE ENAMEL INSCRIBED FLOWER RECEPTACLE MARK AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG, DATED GUIMAO YEAR (IN ACCORDANCE WITH 1783)
- 7 cm, 2 3/4 in.
During the Qianlong reign, liners with imperial poems, such as the present piece, were produced by the Imperial Palace Workshop (Zaobanchu) and several examples are preserved in the Palace Museums in Beijing and Taipei. See a Liangzhu culture jade cong with a taller cloisonné enamel liner, both inscribed with the same imperial poem, preserved in the National Palace Museum, Taipei and included in the Museum’s exhibition The Enchanting Splendor of Vases and Planters: A Special Exhibition of Flower Vessels from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Taipei, 2002, cat. no. II-07; and another jade cong with a similar cloisonné enamel liner bearing a different poem, exhibited in The Life of the Emperor Qianlong, The Macao Museum of Art, Macau, 2002, cat. no. 61. See also a related cloisonné vessel inscribed with yet another poem, sold in these rooms, 4th April 2012, lot 3194.
The trigram is one of the bagua (Eight Trigrams) used in ancient times for divination. The Qianlong Emperor was fond of symbols with archaic connotation and often used the combination of this trigram, which is called qian, with dragons (long) as a homophone of his reign name.