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One of a Pair of Chinese Cloisonné Baluster Vases

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China Anonymous, Chinese
One of a Pair of Chinese Cloisonné Baluster Vases, c. 1680
Enamel on bronze
26 1/2 in. x 12 1/2 in. x 8 in. (67.31 cm x 31.75 cm x 20.32 cm)


Object Type: Cloisonné
Technique: Cloisonné
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Adler Routh
Accession Number: 73.3.20


Commentary
Pair to 91.8.9.

Marks
"gsls 2878 pair" engraved on the bottom, along with "20a."

Medium
Multicolored enamels and metal openwork embellishments on bronze.

Object Description
One of a pair of Chinese cloisonné Baluster vases (hourglass-shaped) comprised of three sections each, including the top, main body, and a metal base. The vase is decorated with flowers, mountains, birds, and foliage in multicolored enamels, with gilt-bronze Ormolu rim, handles, and base. The base is made up of four legs, each leg in the shape of an elephant's head and trunk. The vase has three sets of handles: the top are lizard-shaped, the middle are lions with oval rings in their mouths, and the bottom set are dragon-like. The vase is decorated in a nature and animal motif in multicolored enamels on a turquoise field. The object appears to be a product of the Ch'ien Lung era. The decoration of an informal landscape is quite "Transitional," and the enamel and technical quality indicate that it is a late 17th Century piece.

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