This lidded box is enameled with a floral pattern on the lid and four sides. The various colored flowers are arranged against a turquoise blue ground with an overall background of geometric pattern of cloisons The exposed metal that is not enameled is gilded both inside and outside the box with the gilding having mostly worn off the wires of the flowers and background from age and use. The interior of the box and lid are all turquoise enamel as is also the exterior base. There are two areas of restoration to the enamel on the bottom and side of the interior, and also a small nick to the lid interior and some cracks to the base. The exterior enamels are in good condition with no repairs or restoration. There is a slight indentation on the long side at the far right blue flower.
Length: 4 ¾ in., Width: 3 3/8 in., Height: 2 in.
Each vase is decorated overall with various flowers on a medium-blue enamel ground within a continuous geometric fretwork pattern of gilt wires. Both the rim and base is gilded, now having some wear showing on each vase. The square area on the base is left from an old sticker removed in the past. Both vases have a melon form label body with a flaring mouth rim that is partially gilded inside. The interiors are not enameled and the old bronze has taken on a grayish patina. The condition of both is good, without dents or apparent damages. There is some of the expected pitting to the enamels and wear to the gilded cloison wires, mouths and bases.
Height: 10 in., Width: 6 ¾ in.
This circular box with domed lid displays a well-painted scene of a lady standing in a rocky garden, holding a banana leaf and a sprig of flowers. The enamels are rendered in meticulous detail in a pallet of greens, aubergine, yellows, reds and shades of blue. On the sides of both the box and lid, there are three cartouches outlined in blue with a peony sprig in each. A speckled green ground with a four-petaled pink flower fills the remainder of the sides. The base is enameled white with a reddish-brown four-character Qianlong mark. The foot is exposed copper. The interior of both the lid and base is enameled white. There is a very small nick to the enamel on one side of the lid's interior. There is some overall soiling and evidence of age and use. The exposed copper edges on the top and bottom lips is oxidized brownish-gray. The overall condition is very good. Acquired from an estate in North Carolina.
Diameter: 2 ¼ in., Height: 1 1/8 in.
This opposing pair of brush pots is decorated overall with a design of objects from a scholar's studio including vases, incense burners, table screens, etc. Identical inscriptions in black enamel on each make reference to antique vessels and end with an artist's seal in red enamel. The enamels are in good condition without cracks or damages, nor any restorations. The interiors are enameled throughout in turquoise. The bottoms have a somewhat uneven turquoise enameling.
Height: 4 ¾ in., Diameter: 2 ¼ in.