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A RARE PAIR OF BLACK AND GILT LACQUER 'DRAGON' LANTERN STANDS QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

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80,000 - 120,000 USD
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Description

each stand emerging from an elaborate tripod stepped base, the three slab feet carved and gilt with scrolling clouds and leiwen, separated by three dragon heads emerging from the center pole decorated with further clouds wisps, the feet joined to the pole by ornate tapering spandrels of archaistic angular scrolls with details picked out in gilt, the detachable long staff finely carved in high relief with a brightly gilt, five-clawed dragon boldly coiled amid further clouds and extending the entire length of the black lacquered pole decorated with a gilt trellis pattern, the fierce head of the mythical beast arching over the top to form the lantern support; together with a pair of associated lanterns, 19th century, each of square-section carved with an openwork crown of red-and-gilt lacquer above a pierced waist the center section with upper and lower red and gilt lacquer openwork borders joined by slender knopped zitan columns at the corners and a wood frame enclosing four reverse-painted glass panels with floral sprays, wired for electricity (6)
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