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A CHAMPLEVÉ ENAMEL ‘BUDDHA’S HAND’ RUYI SCEPTER, QING DYNASTY
清代鏨胎琺瑯多子多福如意

China, 18th century. Cast in openwork with an arched gilt-bronze shaft resembling a gnarled leafy branch and a head in the form of two finger citrons, known as ‘Buddha’s hand’ in Chinese, decorated in champlevé enamels graduating from lime-green to yellow next to gilt bronze leaves.

Provenance: Property from a Private Collection. Sotheby’s Hong Kong, Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 8th April 2014, lot 3099 (one in a lot of two), bought in at an estimate of HKD 1,200,000 — 1,800,000. A noted private collector, acquired from Sotheby’s at a later time.
Condition: Excellent condition with minor wear, minuscule dents, light wear to the enamels and gilt.

Weight: 584.7 g
Dimensions: Length 30.9 cm

The shaft bearing two small corresponding fruits in champlevé enamels and gilt-bronze leaves, the openwork terminal suspending a tasseled endless knot.

Literature comparison: For a gilt bronze scepter of this type, but cast with all three fruit of the sanduo, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, see one illustrated in Masterpieces of Chinese Ju-i Sceptres in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1974, pl. 29; and a zitan version inlaid with jade and various hardstones to depict a finger-citron, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, included in the exhibition China. The Three Emperors, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2005, cat. no. 277, and another gilt bronze scepter embellished with pomegranates, in the Österreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst collection, included in the exhibition Die Ware aus dem Teufelsland, Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt am Main, 1981, cat. no. 12.

Auction result comparison: Compare with a related gilt bronze scepter, inlaid with glass and decorated with enamels, at Christie’s New York in Auspicious Treasures for Scholars and Emperors: Selections from the Robert H. Blumenfield Collection on 22 March 2012, lot 1228, sold for USD 86,500.

清代鏨胎琺瑯多子多福如意
中國,十八世紀。如意以銅胎鎏金飾琺瑯工藝精心而制,雕成老幹樹枝狀折枝,佛手瓜左右雙佛手瓜造型,蒂梗繞於兩果實間,長柄彎曲,柄體呈蒼虯蜿蜓枝幹,彎曲有度,翻轉有致,葉盛開舒展,上掛兩小瓜,生氣盎然。枝葉飾以鎏金,佛手飾以掐絲琺瑯,風格寫實,色彩逼真,琺琅色從青檸色到淡黃色漸變。造型優美流暢,纖細靈秀,盡顯華貴富麗之感。佛手音與“福”字諧音,除表徵多“福“之意,更喻“多福多壽多子孫”的吉祥表徵。

來源: 私人收藏,見香港蘇富比Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art拍場, 2014年4月8日,lot 3099 (一對如意中的一件), 估價HKD 1,200,000 — 1,800,000藏家説明:購於蘇富比此拍賣之後。
品相:狀況極佳,輕微磨損,微小凹痕,琺琅和鎏金部位輕微磨損。

重量: 584.7 克
尺寸: 長30.9 厘米

軸上有兩個小巧的相應水果,分別是琺瑯彩釉和鎏金銅的葉子,如意終端鏤空的懸掛著流甦的結佩。


文獻比較: 一件此類鎏金銅三鑲式如意,可見在台北故宮博物院中,請參見1974年出版的關於台北故宮博物院中的如意畫冊,圖29; 在中國故宮博物院內,還有一個鑲有玉石和各種硬石的紫檀佛手瓜。 Three Emperors, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2005, cat. 圖277;另一件來自奧地利應用藝術博物館的銅鎏金石榴如意參加了1981年在美因河畔法蘭克福的應用藝術博物館“來自東方的琺琅製品”的展覽,見“Die Ware aus dem Teufelsland”,Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt am Main, 1981, cat. no. 12.

拍賣結果比較:一件相近銅鎏金如意鑲嵌玻璃和琺琅,售于紐約佳士得Auspicious Treasures for Scholars and Emperors: Selections from the Robert H. Blumenfield Collection拍場,2012年3月22日,lot 1228, 售價 USD 86,500。

Sold for €12,200

including Buyer's Premium


 

China, 18th century. Cast in openwork with an arched gilt-bronze shaft resembling a gnarled leafy branch and a head in the form of two finger citrons, known as ‘Buddha’s hand’ in Chinese, decorated in champlevé enamels graduating from lime-green to yellow next to gilt bronze leaves.

Provenance: Property from a Private Collection. Sotheby’s Hong Kong, Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 8th April 2014, lot 3099 (one in a lot of two), bought in at an estimate of HKD 1,200,000 — 1,800,000. A noted private collector, acquired from Sotheby’s at a later time.
Condition: Excellent condition with minor wear, minuscule dents, light wear to the enamels and gilt.

Weight: 584.7 g
Dimensions: Length 30.9 cm

The shaft bearing two small corresponding fruits in champlevé enamels and gilt-bronze leaves, the openwork terminal suspending a tasseled endless knot.

Literature comparison: For a gilt bronze scepter of this type, but cast with all three fruit of the sanduo, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, see one illustrated in Masterpieces of Chinese Ju-i Sceptres in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1974, pl. 29; and a zitan version inlaid with jade and various hardstones to depict a finger-citron, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, included in the exhibition China. The Three Emperors, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2005, cat. no. 277, and another gilt bronze scepter embellished with pomegranates, in the Österreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst collection, included in the exhibition Die Ware aus dem Teufelsland, Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt am Main, 1981, cat. no. 12.

Auction result comparison: Compare with a related gilt bronze scepter, inlaid with glass and decorated with enamels, at Christie’s New York in Auspicious Treasures for Scholars and Emperors: Selections from the Robert H. Blumenfield Collection on 22 March 2012, lot 1228, sold for USD 86,500.

清代鏨胎琺瑯多子多福如意
中國,十八世紀。如意以銅胎鎏金飾琺瑯工藝精心而制,雕成老幹樹枝狀折枝,佛手瓜左右雙佛手瓜造型,蒂梗繞於兩果實間,長柄彎曲,柄體呈蒼虯蜿蜓枝幹,彎曲有度,翻轉有致,葉盛開舒展,上掛兩小瓜,生氣盎然。枝葉飾以鎏金,佛手飾以掐絲琺瑯,風格寫實,色彩逼真,琺琅色從青檸色到淡黃色漸變。造型優美流暢,纖細靈秀,盡顯華貴富麗之感。佛手音與“福”字諧音,除表徵多“福“之意,更喻“多福多壽多子孫”的吉祥表徵。

來源: 私人收藏,見香港蘇富比Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art拍場, 2014年4月8日,lot 3099 (一對如意中的一件), 估價HKD 1,200,000 — 1,800,000藏家説明:購於蘇富比此拍賣之後。
品相:狀況極佳,輕微磨損,微小凹痕,琺琅和鎏金部位輕微磨損。

重量: 584.7 克
尺寸: 長30.9 厘米

軸上有兩個小巧的相應水果,分別是琺瑯彩釉和鎏金銅的葉子,如意終端鏤空的懸掛著流甦的結佩。


文獻比較: 一件此類鎏金銅三鑲式如意,可見在台北故宮博物院中,請參見1974年出版的關於台北故宮博物院中的如意畫冊,圖29; 在中國故宮博物院內,還有一個鑲有玉石和各種硬石的紫檀佛手瓜。 Three Emperors, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2005, cat. 圖277;另一件來自奧地利應用藝術博物館的銅鎏金石榴如意參加了1981年在美因河畔法蘭克福的應用藝術博物館“來自東方的琺琅製品”的展覽,見“Die Ware aus dem Teufelsland”,Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt am Main, 1981, cat. no. 12.

拍賣結果比較:一件相近銅鎏金如意鑲嵌玻璃和琺琅,售于紐約佳士得Auspicious Treasures for Scholars and Emperors: Selections from the Robert H. Blumenfield Collection拍場,2012年3月22日,lot 1228, 售價 USD 86,500。

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