A FINELY ENAMELLED PINK-GROUND YANGCAI BOX AND COVER QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD | 清乾隆 宮粉地洋彩錦上添花番蓮紋長方蓋盒
A FINELY ENAMELLED PINK-GROUND YANGCAI BOX AND COVER
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
of rectangular section, raised on six feet, the exterior intricately enamelled with stylised floral blooms borne on curling foliage issuing further florets and buds, all reserved on a ground of soft pink finely painted with a dense scroll of feathery arabesques, the interior divided into three compartments, enamelled turquoise on the base
15 cm, 5⅞ in.
There is an approx. 2.5 by 0.8 cm restored chip to one corner of the cover and a tiny shallow flake to one corner of the box. The box and cover are in overall good condition with expected light wear to the surface and enamels.
整體品相良好，釉面見輕微磨痕，屬正常。蓋角一處2.5 x 0.8公分磕傷經修補，盒角一處細小淺磕。
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.
Notable for the meticulous rendering of floral blooms and lush foliage against a pink ground accentuated with feathery scrollwork, the present box and cover possibly belong to a select group of porcelain produced at the imperial kilns in Jingdezhen for the Qianlong Emperor in the early years of his reign.
Known as yangcai (Western colours) in Chinese, these wares are characterised by an unmistakable influence of Western decorative art absorbed by Jingdezhen potters in the 17th and 18th centuries. The successful synthesis of traditional Chinese elements with Western techniques and other exotic elements is especially evident in not only the design of the current box and cover but also the skilful rendering of the shaded tones of the enamels. Every element of the design, from the highly stylised floral blooms from which luxuriant foliage stems to the Rococo-inspired pearl-like roundels, is richly imbued with a three-dimensional quality achieved through delicate and skilful shading.
The sgraffiato scrolling fronds against which the floral blooms are painted also undoubtedly contribute to the opulence of the box and cover. Introduced to ceramic production during the Qianlong period to convey the impression of a rich brocade, this time-consuming and labour-intensive technique - sometimes executed with a fine needle - required impeccable craftsmanship and was often restricted to very special pieces.
No closely related box and cover appears to have been published. A Qianlong seal mark and period circular pink-ground famille-rose box and cover, painted with varying floral sprays against an incised sgraffiato ground, formerly from the collection of Ernest Grandidier, is now in the Musée Guimet, Paris, no. G 5540, and published in Daisy Lion-Goldschmidt Daisy, Oriental Ceramics : The World's Great Collections, Tokyo, vol. III, 1975. fig. 123.
著錄未見相類作例。參考一件乾隆窰粉地粉彩圓形蓋盒，綴花卉紋於錦地之上，出自 Ernest Grandidier 舊藏，現存巴黎吉美博物館，藏品編號 G 5540，錄於 Daisy Lion-Goldschmidt，《Oriental Ceramics : The World's Great Collections》，東京，卷3，1975年，圖123。