A rare cloisonné enamel vase

Cloisonné vase


18th century
Height: 7 3/8 in, 18.7 cm

of flattened double-gourd form with a spreading rectangular-section foot and a waisted circular-section neck; two gilt-bronze loops are set on the sides of the upper bulb. The vessel is decorated in coloured enamels on a turquoise ground with circular medallions, containing the characters Da ji (Great good fortune), against a ground of scrolling gourds and insects to the main faces; and with the Eight Daoist Emblems on a ground of scrolling gourds, clouds and bats to the narrow sides. The neck is decorated with a cloud-lappet band and C-scrolls, and the foot with another cloud-lappet band. The base is covered with turquoise enamel, and the rims are gilt.

This type of gourd decoration can be seen on a large Qianlong mark and period double-gourd vase illustrated in Brinker and Lutz, Chinese Cloisonné: The Pierre Uldry Collection, no. 294.

Note also a large cloisonné enamel lamp of this form illustrated in Palace Museum, Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Enamels, Vol. 4, no. 42, pp. 80–1.