A Pair of Cloisonné Enamel Garlic Bottle Vases

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Lot No. :HRCS-171215
Centuries of Style:Qianlong Emperor (1*) (1711 - 1799)
Feature: A pair of bottle vases, Cloisonné (2*)(Chinese imperial decoration).
Source:Private collection
1* The Qianlong Emperor was the sixth emperor of the Manchu-led Qing dynasty (1644-1911) of China .
2* Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects, in recent centuries using vitreous enamel, and in older periods also inlays of cut gemstones, glass, and other materials. By the 14th century this enamel technique had spread to China, where it was soon used for much larger vessels such as bowls and vases.
3* Phoenix, or Fenghuang. Images of an ancient bird have appeared in China for over 8000 years, as earliest as the Hongshan neolithic period,on jade and pottery motifs, then appearing decorating bronze as well as jade figurines. The phoenix represented power sent from the heavens to the Empress. If a phoenix was used to decorate a house it symbolized that loyalty and honesty were in the people that lived there. Or alternatively, a phoenix only stays when the ruler is without darkness and corruption. The fenghuang has very positive connotations. It is a symbol of high virtue and grace. In ancient and modern Chinese culture, they can often be found in the decorations for weddings or royalty, along with dragons. This is because the Chinese considered the dragon and phoenix symbolic of blissful relations between husband and wife, another common yang and yin metaphor.


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