Cloisonné Enamel Lantern Vase, Jiaqing

China, 1796-1820

Weight: 1,952 g

Dimensions: Height 35 cm

Condition: Absolutely original condition with no restoration or fillings whatsoever. Some firing irregularities and microscopic pitting. Some losses to enamels along the edges, the foot rim and lip with dents and minor warping. Old wear, especially to gilding. The central scroll with two areas of enamel loss.

 

The vessel is of the distinct ‘lantern’ shape decorated around the main body with elaborate lotus scrolls amid smaller blossoms, leaves and vines, all on a deep turquoise-blue ground characteristic of the period. The waisted neck and foot are similarly decorated. The bronze base, foot rim, lip and edges show a massive fire-gilding.



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