A cloisonné enamel tripod censer, 17th-18th century. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
The hollow legs and bulbous body are decorated with an allover pattern of lotus scroll interrupted below the rim by a band of alternating four-petaled flowers and flower-filled roundels, and the bail handles are decorated on both sides with foliate scroll. 13 3/8 in. (34 cm.) high. Lot 607. Estimate $40,000 – $60,000
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DAVID B. PECK III
The unusual band of alternating four-petaled flowers and flower-filled roundels below the rim appear to be an archaistic interpretation of the band of bosses cast with spiraling commas that alternate with ‘stars’ seen on some early Western Zhou bronze ding that share a shape similar to the present cloisonné ding. One of these bronzes is illustrated in a woodcut in the Xiqing gujian, compiled in 1749, vol. 1, no. 11, where it is dated Shang dynasty. A bronze ding dated to early Western Zhou dynasty that has the same decorative band is illustrated by Jessica Rawson in Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. IIB, Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1990, pp. 260-61, no. 12.
Christie’s. RIVERS OF COLOR: CLOISONNÉ ENAMELS FROM PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTIONS, 18 September 2014, New York, Rockefeller Plaza