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Gu Cloisonné Beaker (part of a set of five altar pieces)

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China Anonymous, Chinese
Gu Cloisonné Beaker (part of a set of five altar pieces), 19 c.
Enamel on Brass
12 1/4 in. x 5 3/4 in. x 5 3/4 in. (31.12 cm x 14.61 cm x 14.61 cm)


Object Type: Cloisonné
Technique: Cloisonné
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Adler Routh
Accession Number: 73.2.1e


Commentary
During the Ch'ing Dynasty is was found desirable to make altar sets like this out of decorative, lightweight and less expensive cloisonné, and to save bronze for other purposes.

The motifs that decorate this altar set are the most traditional and respected of all designs used in cloisonné, and particularly for cloisonné objects made for the Imperial court: stylized lotus flowers, branch and leaf scrolls, and palmate leaf borders. In this set the execution is unusually fine and perfect.

Marks
No marks.

Medium
Multicolored enamel on brass base.

Object Description
One of a set of two cloisonné beakers in the classic Chinese brass "ku" shape (lily shaped: cylindrical body with wide fluted mouth) with floral sprays and geometric pattern executed in multicolored enamels on a green field. Part of a five-piece altar set. Used to hold and serve wine.

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