A Chinese cloisonné and champlevé enamel jardiniere. Early 19th century. The jardiniere is of globular form with three circular medallions enclosing birds and butterflies against a floral and gilt ground. These roundels are set against a scrolling lotus ground. The inside is counter-enamelled in turquoise blue. There is evidence that solder was used sparingly in the manufacture, this technique is associated with earlier manufacture and a practice that had largely died out by the later 19th century.
The jardiniere bears a very strong resemblance to a pair of Jiaqing (1790~1820) jardinieres sold at Christie’s London, 8th November, 2011. Sale #7997, lot 69. The Christie’s pair were larger and had splendid lotus leaf embellishments, a stunning pair, but the jardiniere part is very similar. The Christie’s vases sold for $579,084. If you are unable to see the Christie’s lot please get in touch and I will send the link.
Approximately 21 cm diameter, 14.9 cm high. The weight is 1165 gm. The body has sustained a small knock to the side which has detached a small piece of the counter-enamel inside. Hardly noticeable on the exterior. The interior also exhibits calcium deposits and water stains from domestic use.
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