Lot 175. A cloisonné enamel tripod censer, li, Ming Dynasty, First half of the 16th century; 4 1/2 x 4 1/2in (11.4 x 11.4cm). Estimate US$ 15,000 - 20,000 (€ 13,000 - 17,000). Sold for US$ 9,562 (€ 8,152). © Bonhams 2001-2021
Decorated with clusters of deep purple grapes on a scrolling vines with deep green leaves and blue florets on a white ground.
Provenance: Roger Keverne Ltd., London, 28 June 1999
Note: For two similarly decorated cloisonné censers, li, with grape vine decoration, one with a white ground, see Helmut Brinker & Albert Lutz, Chinese Cloisonné: The Pierre Uldry Collection, New York, Asia Society Galleries, 1989, No's. 42-43, pp. 104-108 and another is illustrated by Sir Harry Garner, Chinese and Japanese Cloisonné Enamels, London, 1962, pl. 40c, pp. 56 & 74.
See also Yang Boda (ed.) The Complete Collection of Chinese of Chinese Gold and Silver, Glass Enamelware, Vol. 5, (Zhongguo jinyin boli falangqi quanji - 5 - falangqi (1), Beijing, 2002, No's. 28-30, pp. 26-27, for several similarly examples in the Beijing Palace Museum Collection.
Another censer with grapes on a turquoise ground is illustrated in Enamel Ware in the Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties, National Palace Museum, 1999, p. 71, no. 5.
Bonhams. Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Paintings, New York, 20 Sep 2021