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Lot 57. Eléments de selle en émaux cloisonnés, Chine, XVIIème siècle. Estimate EUR 15,000 - EUR 20,000 (USD 15,871 - USD 21,162). Price realised EUR 18,750 (USD 19,999)© Christie’s Images Limited 2016.

Les six élements en émaux cloisonnés sont décorés de dragons à cinq griffes à la poursuite de la perle sacrée parmi les nuages stylisés au-dessus de vagues tumultueuses ou de hautes montagnes. Largeur max. : 33.5 cm. (13 3/16 in.), montés sur un support en velours

ProvenanceFormerly in a private European Arms and Armour collection, acquired in the first half of the 20th century.

NoteFine saddle ornaments were used by members of the court and they came in various materials such as lacquer or gilt copper and silver, often inlaid with gems, mother-of-pearl or jade. The presented example is a fine demonstration of seventeenth century cloisonné enamel works. Another set, dated to mid Qing dynasty, with different motifs can be found in the collection of the Palace Museum in Shenyang (see Armaments and Military Provisions in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, The Commercial Press, Hong Kong, 2008, p. 83.).

Christie's. Art d'Asie, 14 December 2016, Paris