A small cloisonné enamel box and cover

Cloisonné box and cover


17th century
Length: 2 7/8 in, 7.3 cm

of fan shape, with straight sides and a recessed base. The top is decorated with two dragons confronting a shou (longevity) character, and the sides with leafy five-petalled blossoms, all in coloured enamels on a turquoise ground.

The design of two dragons confronting a shou character can be seen on a Kangxi period wine pot in the collection of the Phoenix Art Museum illustrated in Quette, Cloisonné: Chinese Enamels from the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, cat. 60, p. 254.

Note also two ring-shaped jewel cases with a similar design in Brinker and Lutz, Chinese Cloisonné: The Pierre Uldry Collection, no. 166; and in Quette, op cit, cat. 61, p. 254, in the collection of Les Arts Décoratifs-musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris.

See a somewhat larger, later box of fan shape in Palace Museum, Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Enamels, Vol. 3, no. 272, p. 313.