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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF HENRY H. ARNHOLD, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ARNHOLD FOUNDATION

A PAINTED CANTON ENAMEL CISTERN, BASIN AND COVER
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 81,250 USD
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871

PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF HENRY H. ARNHOLD, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ARNHOLD FOUNDATION

A PAINTED CANTON ENAMEL CISTERN, BASIN AND COVER
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 81,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A PAINTED CANTON ENAMEL CISTERN, BASIN AND COVER
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
the ovoid lobed cistern with a scene of leisurely scholars in a garden, surmounted by a cover with fruiting and flowering branches and mounted on a rectangular yellow-ground panel with a triangular top, with dense floral scrolls and painted chain straps, the reverse with a floral spray and the underside with blue foliate scrollwork, the interior of the basin depicting a scene from the Legend of the White Snake, with Lu Dongbin holding a fly whisk in the upper corner, the everted barbed mouthrim and reticulated cover with further floral scrolls, the sides with a blue band of archaistic kuilong and the base with two confronting phoenix (4)
Height of cistern 20 1/2  in., 52.1 cm
Width of basin 18 in., 45.6 cm
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Provenance

Christie's Amsterdam, 24th June 2008, lot 436 (part lot).
Solomon Stodel Antiquités, Amsterdam, 2010.

Catalogue Note

Exuberantly and densely decorated, this enameled copper cistern and basin set likely contained water for drinking, or for diners to wash their hands before or between meals. It is rare to find a complete set. Compare a cistern, without the basin, decorated in a very similar manner but with a scene of ladies on the lobed vessel, included in the exhibition China of All Colours: Painted Enamels on Copper, Jorge Welsh Works of Art, London & Lisbon, 2015, cat. no. 28.

Two such cisterns, missing their covers and back panels, are in the collection of The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. The first, painted with a scene of scholars with emblems of longevity, is illustrated in Tatiana Arapova, Kitaĭskie raspisnnyeèmali: Sobranie Gosudarstvennogo Ėrmitazha [Chinese painted enamels in the collection of The State Hermitage Museum], Moscow, 1988, pl. 4. The second is painted with a border of grapes and depicts a group of horses, acc. no. LI-688.  

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