A rare cloisonné enamel double jar and cover, 18th century. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
The vessel is made in the shape of two jars joined in the middle, each raised on a spreading foot encircled by a petal-lappet band, and decorated around the bulbous sides with leafy foliate scroll bearing large lotus blossoms that alternate in their use of colors, below small lotus sprays on the waisted neck. Each jar has a matching domed cover that is spanned and joined by the body of a gilt, horned dragon, its front and back feet braced on the opposite covers, and its head turned to face outwards in the middle. 6½ in. (16.5 cm.) wide. Lot 608. Estimate $40,000 – $60,000
Provenance: Christie’s Hong Kong, 24 October 1993, lot 525.
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DAVID B. PECK III
A similar type of double cover joined by a very similar gilt-bronze dragon is seen on a cloisonné enamel ‘champion vase’ illustrated by Claudia Brown in Chinese Cloisonné: The Clague Collection, Phoenix Art Museum, 1980, pp. 92-93, pl. 39, where the vase is dated to the first half of the eighteenth century.
Christie’s. RIVERS OF COLOR: CLOISONNÉ ENAMELS FROM PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTIONS, 18 September 2014, New York, Rockefeller Plaza