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Pair of Chinese Cloisonné Dragons

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China Anonymous, Chinese
Pair of Chinese Cloisonné Dragons, early 20th c.
Enamel on Brass
11 1/2 in. x 13 1/4 in. x 4 9/16 in. (29.21 cm x 33.66 cm x 11.59 cm)


Object Type: Cloisonné
Technique: Cloisonné
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Douglas and Pamela Routh
Accession Number: 2002.9.60 a, b


Marks
There is a sticker reading "83X" on the side of one dragon ("B"), and two sticker on the bottom of the piece reading "69/83Y/X22/NEP/7-27" and X3/SD." Dragon "A" has a sticker on the bottom of one foot which reads: "69/83X/X22/NEP/7-27."

Medium
Multicolored enamels and gilding on cast brass base with gilding.

Object Description
Pair of Chinese cloisonée dragons breathing fire, with balls atop the flame, which open to reveal candle prickets. The heads of the dragon twist to face backwards. The dragons are executed in turquoise and cobalt enamels with fish-scale patterns in gold cloisons. There is red, pink, and green enamel detail on the object, and gold is applied to all metal surfaces.

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