A magnificent and extremely rare large cloisonné enamel 'peach' basin, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period | 清乾隆 掐絲琺瑯大桃盆
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A magnificent and extremely rare large cloisonné enamel 'peach' basin
Qing dynasty, Qianlong period
superbly cast with a massive hollow body in the form of a peach borne on a leafy gilt branch issuing peach, pomegranate and finger citron, representing the 'Three Abundances', the exterior vibrantly decorated with the an baxian reserved on a dense multi-coloured ground of bats amid cloud scrolls, the interior with a classic ‘cracked ice’ design, all on a brilliant sky-blue turquoise ground
The basin is in good overall condition. There is a retouched bruise to one side measuring approx. 4 by 4 cm, and other minor areas of retouching. The gilt bronze has been regilded in small areas.
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Sotheby's New York, 23rd September 1997, lot 111.