A large gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel ceremonial vase, fanggu 17th century | 十七世紀 掐絲琺瑯獸面紋出戟方觚
Property from a private German collection
A large gilt-bronze and cloisonné enamel ceremonial vase, fanggu
of archaistic form and square section, supported on a square gilt bronze base decorated with classic scrolls and set with a notched flange at each corner, finely decorated on the bulging centre with a stylized taotie beneath a lotus and between confronting chilong enclosed in pale green panels on the flared neck and base, the interior of the rim similarly decorated with lotus scrolls, all reserved on a turquoise ground
36.5 cm, 14 3/7 in.
Beau vase archaïque cérémoniel en bronze doré et émaux cloisonnés, XVIIE siècle, fanggu
36.5 公分， 14 3/7 英寸
There are areas of loss to the enamels on the inside rim particularly to the four corners, and losses to the enamels along the upper edges of the sqaure mid-section. Holes on all four corners of the vase and to the middle of two sides indicate that there were an additional six flanges that are now missing.
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Related fanggu dated to the second half of the 17th century, include a larger example in the Pierre Uldry collection, published in Helmut Brinker and Albert Lutz, Chinese Cloisonné: The Pierre Uldry Collection, London, 1989 (German edition Zurich, 1985), col. pl. 212. The authors also refer to this vase (p. 130) to discuss the change in the design of the lotus flowers in order to date cloisonné enamels stating that 'From about the middle of the seventeenth century the upper end of the central petal changes from a rounded ogee-arch shape to a slightly raised, angular shieldlike form', as found on the present vessel and is an innovation of the Kangxi reign (1662-1722).
比較數例，斷代十七世紀下半葉，其一尺寸較大，出自Pierre Uldry收藏，載於 Helmut Brinker及Albert Lutz，《Chinese Cloisonné: The Pierre Uldry Collection》，倫敦，1989年，（德國版，蘇黎世，1985年），彩色圖版212。作者論述蓮紋變化與掐絲琺瑯器之斷代，亦論及此器（頁130），表示「十七世紀中期開始，蓮花中心花瓣上端自反弧拱形演變成略微凸起之尖角盾形」，本品即屬一例，創於康熙年間。