A RARE CLOISONNE ENAMEL AND GILT-BRONZE BIRD CAGE MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY AND LATER
40,000 - 60,000 USD
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- Bronze, Cloisonne, Copper alloy
- Height 20 1/4 in., 51.2 cm
the tall domed cage composed of evenly spaced vertical gilt-bronze ribs, surmounted by a spherical finial, joined to a waisted circular base brightly enameled with two bands of continuous lotus scroll and a narrow border of florets around the exterior, the interior base with further lotus scroll arranged around a later-added gilt-metal perch supporting a turquoise-ground cloisonné enamel bird-form censer, with its head turned and colorful wings forming the cover, Qing dynasty, 18th/19th century, all raised on a gilt-bronze support with four stepped feet
Property of Sidney T. Cook (1910-1964), and thence by descent.
Bird cages in cloisonné enamel are rare. See an 18th century cage illustrated in Helmut Brinker and Albert Lutz, Chinese Cloisonné: The Pierre Uldry Collection, Asia Society Galleries, New York, 1989, cat. no. 329. Another example with a cloisonné bird on a perch inside the cage, from the Juan Jose Amezaga Collection, was sold at Christie's Paris, 13th June 2007, lot 38. A related but later example of a rectangular form, was sold at Christie's New York, 30th March 2005, lot 155.