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Chinese cloisonne, Qing possibly imperial

Chinese cloisonne, Qing possibly imperial

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Enamel: Pre 1910: Item # 1273084

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A Qing dynasty cloisonne moonflask, decorated on both sides with a phoenix amongst long stemmed chrysanthemums, gilt dragon form handles. 15 inches / 38.1 cms high.

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There is a possible imperial connection here. This type of chrysanthemum is called 'wanshouju' literally 'flower of ten thousand years', and was used as a pun to wish the emperor a long life. Similar vases are known with a dragon amongst chrysanthemums, representing the emperor, with a phoenix, representing the empress, as in this example, and with both dragon and phoenix amidst the flowers.

A similar vase from the collection of David B. Peck III was sold recently at Christies NY (September 18th 2014, lot 640).