HKD 3,000,000 - 3,800,000
USD 382,170 - 484,082
- Sold Price
An Asian Private Collection
Christie's Hong Kong, 2012, Reverence and Perfection - Magnificent Imperial Cloisonne Enamels from a Private European Collection , cat. No. 9
The censer is heavily cast with deep rounded sides brightly decorated with large lotus blossoms on scrolling leaves below a band of ruyi -heads. The body is supported on three giltbronze elephant-head feet, each with long tusks and bejewelled harnesses, and flanked by a pair of gilt-bronze elephant-head handles.
The domed cover is finely enamelled with three ruyi-shaped panels containing lotus blooms, on a gilt openwork ground. The cover is surmounted by a recumbent elephant richly adorned with a bejeweled harness and beaded garlands, with an enamel-decorated saddle draped over its back supporting the gilt-bronze finial cast as a small offering bowl with an ornately decorated gilt-bronze cover.
A few comparable censers of Qianlong period of similar format and decoration can be found in different museums. However, the current lot seems to be the best condition when compared. One of them found in the Palace Museum, Beijing, a cloisonne enamel and gilt bronze 'elephant' tripod censer and cover. A closely related example, in the National Museums Liverpool, was included in the exhibition Cloisonné: Chinese Enamels from the Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties, Bard Graduate Centre, New York, 2011, cat. no. 10.
And the other one in Shenyang Imperial Palace museum, illustrated in The Prime Cultural Relics Collected by Shenyang Imperial Palace Musem. The Enamel Volume, Shenyang, 2007, p.101, no.9. See also an example sold at Hong Kong Sotheby's, 9 October 2007, lot.1308, a rare cloisonne enamel and gilt-bronze tripod elephant censer.