A CLOISONNE ENAMEL 'LOTUS' VASE, HU
China, Ming Dynasty, 17th century. The gilt-bronze vessel of archaistic hu form, cast with a pear-shaped body of generous proportion rising from a splayed foot to a waisted neck and flared rim, the shoulder flanked by a pair of Buddhist lion mask handles suspending loose rings.
Provenance: From an old private estate.
Condition: Fine condition. The enamels with pits and losses as expected on this type of ware, but no old fillings or restorations whatsoever. The gilding with wear and extensive traces of use. The masks with minor nicks here and there. The base with natural patina and some encrustations.
Weight: 2345.4 grams
Dimensions: Height 29 cm
The exterior brightly enameled against a turquoise ground with four main registers enclosing large lotus blooms wreathed in scrolling foliage issuing curling leaves, the four registers divided by three bands of floral scrolls against a darker purple ground, the splayed foot similarly decorated with a band of lotus scrolls.
Auction result comparison: Compare with a related Hu at Sotheby's Hong Kong, on April 7th, 2015, in Important Chinese Works of Art, lot 3727.
尺寸：高 29 厘米