China, late Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Circular box and cover on a narrow base
Deep body with matching cover
On the wall and cover in light blue a brightly colored, dense floral all-over pattern with five respectively four large lotos flowers inbetween
The interior of the box in light blue, the base also with tendril pattern
On the base in a bronze-gilded cartouche a four-character Qianlong mark
Dimensions: c. 4.5 x 6.5 cm
The box and cover in good condition with age-related signs of use. Usual small manufacturing flaws and minimal color wear at the inner edge. The dimensions are c. 4.5 x 6.5 cm.
The term cloisonné is French and may be translated as ‘partition’. With this technique, also referred to as cell fusion, thin wires or metal strips are decoratively soldered onto a metal base, usually bronze. The cells are gradually filled with enamel powder which is going to melt after the object is heated. The polished surface is often gilded. The earliest preserved Chinese cloisonné dates from early the Ming dynasty. However, already during the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368) cloisonné, which stems from the Islamic culture area, is recorded to have been introduced to China via the western region of Yunnan by the Mongols. (lvp) (APM)
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