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A SET OF TEN FAMILLE-ROSE 'FIGURE' PANELS
QING DYNASTY, LATE 18TH – 19TH CENTURY
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A SET OF TEN FAMILLE-ROSE 'FIGURE' PANELS
QING DYNASTY, LATE 18TH – 19TH CENTURY
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Details & Cataloguing

Ceramics and Jades from the Collection of Sir Quo-Wei Lee

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A SET OF TEN FAMILLE-ROSE 'FIGURE' PANELS
QING DYNASTY, LATE 18TH – 19TH CENTURY
of rectangular form, each panel comprising a principal scene depicting immortals and mythical creatures engaged in various pursuits amongst a mountainous landscape, below a smaller panel with a shou character framed by a flying bat and stylised floral sprays enclosed within a key-fret border, framed in wood
each 99 by 43.5 cm, 39 by 17 1/8  in.
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Catalogue Note

These ten famille-rose plaques are exuberantly enamelled with vivid renditions of Immortals in wondrous landscapes. The brilliance of the enamels and quality of the shaded landscape decoration, in which the contours of the rocks and mountains frame the figural scenes, provide an insight into the opulence of the Qing dynasty. Each of the figures is sensitively rendered with individual naturalistic detailing of the features, and intricate enamelled details, such as the textile designs on the robes.

Larger folding scenes were an important part of furnishings and served multiple functions, from purely decorative devices to partitioning rooms in private quarters or keeping out draughts. Smaller sets of panels such as the current lot had a similar function, utilised not just to partition area of the room, but also purely for decorative purposes.

It is rare to find such a well preserved set of ten plaques. Individual examples have appeared at auction, including one sold in our London rooms, 13th May 2015, lot 158 and another sold in these rooms, 30th May 2019, lot 769.   

Ceramics and Jades from the Collection of Sir Quo-Wei Lee

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Hong Kong