A pair of fine painted enamel jardinières
Length: 11 3/8 in, 29 cm
each has a rectangular section with concave canted corners, four cloud-lappet feet, S-shaped sides and a flange rim. Each is painted in the famille-rose palette with eight shaped cartouches on a millefleurs ground: the cartouches on the sides with birds amid flowers and rocks, and those on the corners with landscapes. The rims are painted with a classic scroll to the top and key-fret to the sides, and the feet with puce bats on a yellow ground. The base of each is painted with a pair of confronting archaistic geometric phoenixes on a white ground.
For similar, less elaborate examples, see Lloyd Hyde, Chinese Painted Enamels from Private and Museum Collections, no. 40, p. 32; and Palace Museum, Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Enamels, Vol. 5, nos. 154 and 155, pp. 208–10.