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An impressive and rare large carved cinnabar lacquer 'nine dragon' vase, Tianqiuping Qing dynasty, Qianlong period | 清乾隆 剔紅海水九龍紋天球瓶

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An impressive and rare large carved cinnabar lacquer 'nine dragon' vase, Tianqiuping Qing dynasty, Qianlong period | 清乾隆 剔紅海水九龍紋天球瓶

An impressive and rare large carved cinnabar lacquer 'nine dragon' vase, Tianqiuping Qing dynasty, Qianlong period | 清乾隆 剔紅海水九龍紋天球瓶

Property of a Lady

An impressive and rare large carved cinnabar lacquer 'nine dragon' vase, Tianqiuping

Qing dynasty, Qianlong period

清乾隆 剔紅海水九龍紋天球瓶


Height 61.5 cm, 24¼ in.

There are scattered losses to the lacquer and old restored areas overall. The rim has been cut and bound with metal. 


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"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."


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雖然本狀況報告或有針對某拍品之討論,但所有拍賣品均根據印於圖錄內之業務規則以拍賣時狀況出售。

The present vase is remarkable not only for its monumental size, but also its dynamic and vigorous rendering of dragons striding amongst waves. It is well modelled with a globular body rising to a tall cylindrical neck, finely festooned to the exterior with nine five-clawed dragons, symbolic of the emperor. Each dragon is rendered with a ferocious expression, with gaping jaws to reveal sharp fangs, bulbous eyes and flaring nostrils, in the most meticulous and naturalistic manner. The scaly bodies are depicted in the moment of leaping above the superbly detailed turbulent waves. The complexity of the overall design and the well-proportioned form together showcase the high level of technical skills achieved by craftsmen during this period, when lacquer arts enjoyed a renaissance following their decline at the end of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and the intervening years.

Compare a related example formerly in the Qing Court collection, and now in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Chinese Lacquer in the Collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing. 1985, pl. 306; and a large example, attributed to 18th century, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, published in Edward F. Strange, Catalogue of Chinese Lacquer, London, 1925, pl. 29. Other lacquerware attributed to the Qianlong period with similar design include a large box and cover in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, illustrated in The T. T. Tsui Galleries of Chinese Art, Ontario, 1996, pl. 126; another, sold in our New York rooms, 21st September 2006, lot 66; and a carved cinnabar lacquer screen, sold at Christie's New York, 20th September 2005, lot 104.

Vases of similar design are also seen in porcelain examples, including a turquoise-ground famille-rose vase sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 8th October 2010, lot 2700; and a blue and white example in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace MuseumBlue and White Porcelain with Underglaze Red (III), Shanghai, 2000, pl. 127.