Lot 3738. Two rare enamelled ceramic belthooks, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 4 3/4 in. (12 cm.) long. Estimate HKD 350,000 - HKD 500,000. Price Realized HKD 1,580,000. © Christie's Images Ltd. 2011
Each of characteristic arched form, emerging at one side with an upturned dragon head turning to face its body, the first enamelled in the famille rose palette with lotus sprays against a ruby-red ground, the mane of the dragon head picked out in green enamel, the upper arched body inscribed with a Qianlong poem followed by two iron-red seals, Qianand Long, reserved within a moulded cartouche; the other belthook with an iron-red dragon head, its body moulded with a chilong within a cartouche, the borders surrounded by a pair of stylised chilong, boxes.
Property of the Yiqingge Collection.
Note: A group of six varied famille rose ceramic belthooks of this type, the shape of which was modelled on archaic bronze examples dated to the Spring and Autumn period (770-476BC), in the Nanjing Museum Collection is illustrated in Qing Imperial Porcelain, Hong Kong, 1995, no. 92. The inscription on one of the belthooks is from a poem composed by Emperor Qianlong, entitled 'Ode to Twelve Scenes in the Ancient Style by Tang Dai (1673 - after 1752)'. It may be translated as:
A pavilion by the water's edge is reflected red over the waves;
into the window blows the breeze from a sea of lotus.
The unconventional landscape style of Juran(*);
is rendered in this scene with clouds and pale mist.
(*) Juran was a renowed artist of the Five Dynasties.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 1 June 2011, Convention Hall