Lot 288
  • 288

A TEN-PANEL COROMANDEL 'BIRTHDAY' SCREEN QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD, DATED JISI YEAR, CORRESPONDING TO 1689 |

Estimate
80,000 - 120,000 USD
Sold
75,000 USD
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Description

the rectangular panels forming a continuous composition, the front with carved polychrome decoration depicting a joyous gathering of the Daoist pantheon within the fantastic setting of the Turquoise Pond, Yaochi, on the paradisiacal Mount Kunlun, the rolling waves of the pond shown cresting as the numerous immortals ascend on their way towards a rocky grotto and the God of Longevity, Shou Lao sitting in anticipation of the celebratory event, as Xiwangmu, the Queen Mother of the West and her jade maidens approach from the upper left along with a host of celestial female musicians, the scene enclosed by a band of alternating wanzi-filled lozenges and roundels with cranes or shou characters, a four-clawed dragon pursuing a 'flaming pearl' at each end of the screen, a border of flowers above and a border of mythical beasts below, the reverse painted with gilt inscriptions honoring the birthday of a high official named Wang, surrounded by a red and gilt keyfret band, a wide border painted with the 'Hundred Antiques', and an outer border of scrolling lotus in gilt polychrome, all against a black lacquer ground, a red-lacquer scrolling apron between the feet
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