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Lot 174. A cloisonné enamel double-gourd vase, 16th century; 7 1/2in (19.1cm) highEstimate US$10,000 - US$15,000. Sold for US$ 6,375 (€ 5,435)© Bonhams 2001-2021

The waisted double gourd body formed with the lower section rising to a canted neck with a narrow mouth and a gilt metal lip, decorated overall in vibrant tones of purple and green with with leafy black clusters of grapes on a white enamel ground, supported by a gilt metal flaring foot.

Property from the Asbjorn Lunde Foundation.

ProvenanceRoger Keverne Ltd, 27 September 2000.

NoteThe design of grapes seems to have been a popular one during the late Ming and early Qing periods. The use of a white ground to silhouette the grapes appears to be the standard for this group, though other grounds are known as noted by Sir Harry Garner, Chinese and Japanese Cloisonné Enamels, London, 1962, p. 72. For a number of examples bearing this design, see ibid., no. 34 for a dish from the Gemeente Museum, The Hague assigned to the first half of the sixteenth century, and 40A, for a box and cover from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

See also a vase, zun, illustrated in Enamel Ware in the Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties, National Palace Museum, 1999, p. 70, no. 4.

Bonhams. Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Paintings, New York, 20 Sep 2021