Lot 141. A rare and large cloisonné enamel lozenge-form vase, 18th century; 18 1/8 in. (46.2 cm.) High. Estimate GBP 30,000 - GBP 50,000. Price realised GBP 60,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.
Each side of the diamond-section vase is elaborately and finely decorated with a different scene of pavilions among pink scrolling clouds in a river and mountainous landscape setting. The scenes are executed in great detail with the words and infilled with a melange of polychrome enamels. The neck and flare foot are decorated with squared scrolls.
Provenance: Private Scandinavian Collection.
Note: Cloisonné enamel vases with this style of intricate landscape decoration are exceedingly rare, particularly one of diamond form and of such size. This style of enamelling which mixes within and traverses beyond the wirework compare closely to a cong-form vase decorated on the sides with different scenes of pavilions in mountainous landscapes, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 43 - Metal-bodied Enamel Ware, Hong Kong, 2002, p. 153, no. 145. This example, together with a number of other cong-form vases of different sizes and themes of decoration, are illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum - Enamels (3) - Cloisonné in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Beijing, 2011, pls. 135-140. The enamelling can also be compared to a two-sided panel from the Qianlong-period in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, illustrated by Beatrice Quette (ed.) in Cloisonné: Chinese Enamels from the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, New York, 2011, p. 141, no. 7.21.
See two further examples of cong-form vases sold at Christie's Paris, 21-22 June 2016, lot 285, and Christie's Hong Kong, 29 May 2013, lot 2075.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 14 May 2019