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Cloisonné Bowl with Horse Motif

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China Anonymous, Chinese
Cloisonné Bowl with Horse Motif, c. 1680
Enamel on Bronze
4 in. x 8 3/8 in. x 8 3/8 in. (10.16 cm x 21.27 cm x 21.27 cm)

Object Type: Cloisonné
Technique: Cloisonné
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Long-term Loan of Mrs. Dorothy Adler Routh
Accession Number: L73.3.54

The piece is dated in Tomoo Ogita's "Antique Chinese Cloisonné" exhibition catalog (1973) as 1450-1456, due to the marking on the foot. It is re-dated at late 17th century in Ogita's Asian Cloisonné Enamels, published in 1975.

Seal on the bottom which reads: "Ta Ming Ching-t'ai." There is also an old label "G/C 43" and another label "300/165 AME 140" on the bottom.

Multicolored enamels on bronze.

Object Description
Round cloisonné bowl on a foot, with a pattern of running horses, mainly in red, black and yellow enamels, on a turquoise background. Cloison wires form a cloud scroll pattern against the turquoise. This example of one of the famed "Ching T'ai" cloisonnés reveals amny interesting characteristics. The final coatings of enamels have been applied over a heavy base coating of turquoise enamel. The cloud scroll background decorations are spaced in a quite uniform way all over the surface. These cloud scrolls are made of wire that is very even in thickness, and almost mechanically bent to shape. These characteristics perfectly fit the description of "Ching T'ai" wares made in the late 17th century.

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