14 avril 2020

A pair of cloisonné enamel pricket candlesticks, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

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Lot 224. A pair of cloisonné enamel pricket candlesticks, Qianlong period (1736-1795). Each 43.5cm (17 1/8in) high. Estimate £ 12,000-15,000Sold for £ 15,000 (€ 17,130). Courtesy Bonhams.

Each supported on a bell-shaped base, densely decorated with leafy meandering stems and lotus flowers, the shaft and lower drip pan further embellished with shou characters, the upper shaft with a pair of stylised dragons, all reserved on a bright turquoise ground, the edges and foot rim with gilt borders.

NoteThe present lot would have originally served as a part of a garniture set for ritual or ancestral altars. For a related five-piece cloisonné enamel garniture in the Qing Court collection, comprising a related pair of pricket candlestick decorated with lotus meanders, see The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Metal-bodied Enamel Ware, Hong Kong, 2002, pl.138.

Bonhams. FINE CHINESE ART, London, 12 November 2015


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