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Chinese Cloisonné Covered Cake Box

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China Anonymous, Chinese
Chinese Cloisonné Covered Cake Box, c. 1680
Enamel on Bronze
6 1/2 in. x 21 in. x 21 in. (16.51 cm x 53.34 cm x 53.34 cm)


Object Type: Cloisonné
Technique: Cloisonné
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Adler Routh
Accession Number: 91.8.7


Marks
No marks.

Medium
Bronze with enamel decoration.

Object Description
Chinese cloisonné covered cake box with ormolu decoration and multicolored panels of flowers, a rock, and a Pekinese dog shown in a small garden yard. The bottom displays enameled red flowers on a white background, in cobalt pentagons, on a turquoise field. The sides are covered in a floral decoration against a turquoise background, with four metal openwork dragons applied. There is a rim on the foot on the bottom. The piece is probably from the Transitional Period of the late 1600's, as it displays "Transition-style" genre decoration.

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