A pair of cloisonné enamel panels

Cloisonné enamel panels


Late 18th century
Unframed: 19 1/4 x 15 7/8 in, 48.9 x 40.3 cm

of rectangular form and decorated in coloured enamels with Bo gu (One Hundred Antiques) against a turquoise ground embellished with a gilt geometric pattern. One panel depicts a cloisonné enamel vase with elephant legs and handles, filled with prunus, camellia, pine and nandina, on an inlaid wood stand; a miniature landscape with rocks, lingzhi fungus and narcissus in a cloisonné enamel basin, also on an inlaid wood stand; firecrackers; fruits; and fish. The other panel shows a yellow-ground vase, filled with various flowers, on an inlaid wood stand; a shallow circular vessel, also with its stand, in which a pair of birds feed; a cloisonné enamel vessel on a stand; a ruyi sceptre; firecrackers; and fruit. (In modern frames.)

A very similar pair was illustrated in our Winter 2010 catalogue as no. 67, pp. 80–1.

For another pair, see Brinker and Lutz, Chinese Cloisonné: The Pierre Uldry Collection, nos. 307 and 308. See also Getz, Catalogue of the Avery Collection of Ancient Chinese Cloisonnés, no. 9, p. 7, for a similar single panel.