2011_HGK_02861_3593_001(a_fine_and_very_rare_cloisonne_enamel_basin_kangxi_period)

2011_HGK_02861_3593_000(a_fine_and_very_rare_cloisonne_enamel_basin_kangxi_period)

Lot 3593. A fine and very rare cloisonné enamel basin, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 21 5/8 in. (55.6 cm.) wideEstimate HKD 500,000 - HKD 700,000. Price Realized HKD 1,220,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011. 

Of lobed hexagonal form with a lipped rim, the circular well superbly detailed in colour enamels with a scene depicting an official seated on throne with his feet resting on a footstool, all set within a pavilion with attendants kneeling at his feet and standing to one side, the walled gardens outside the pavilion with visiting dignitaries and further attendants holding banners and parasols aloft beside a crane and deer, the inner straight walls of the basin decorated with six horses, haima, amidst clouds and rockwork peaks emerging from turbulent waves, the broad flange rim with six panels of stylized full-face horned dragons against a diaper ground, the exterior sides decorated with six pairs of confronted dragons flanking stylised Shou characters, the underside of the rim with a broad band of lotus scroll

ProvenanceA Scottish private collection.

NoteTwo closely comparable examples have been published. The first depicting a very similar scene was included in the 1935 International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, London, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 2029. It is now in the collection of the Fondation des Arts graphiques et plastiques, Paris, as a bequest of the Baroness Salomon de Rothschild and was included in the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture exhibition, Cloisonne: Chinese Enamels from the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dyansties, New York, 2011, and illustrated in the Catalogue p. 137, fig. 7.14. The second, with an almost identical scene to the Rothschild example was included in the exhibition of Fine and Rare Chinese Works of Art and Ceramics, Roger Keverne Ltd., 13 June 2002, no. 88.

Another related example in the Uldry Collection with the same treatment of the dragons on the lobed rim is illustrated in Chinese Cloisonne: The Pierre Uldry Collection, London, 1989, no. 177.

Christie's. The Imperial SaleHong Kong, 1 June 2011