Description & Technical information

 A rare and large painted enamel lantern and stand of hexagonal section, the sides round from a straight foot, rise to a convex shoulder and a straight neck, and terminate in a shaped crown. The large faces have frames creating open windows for glass, surrounded by raised fretwork in the form of geometric dragons, and the foot, lower body, shoulder and neck are decorated with pierced panels of flowers or scrolls. The lantern is decorated in the famille rose palette with scrolling flowers against pale green and aubergine grounds, and the pierced crown with bold taotie masks reserved against a bright yellow ground. The interior is painted white. The stand is a mirror-image of the crown. References: A painted enamel lantern is illustrated in Beurdeley 1966, The Chinese Collector through the Centuries: From the Han to the 20th Century, cat. 69, p. 234. Note also two lamps in the C. L. David collection, Copenhagen, in Krog et al 2006, Treasures from Imperial China: The Forbidden City and The Royal Danish Court, no. 209, p. 625. For a Yongzheng porcelain lantern of hexagonal section with similarly shaped crown and base, in the W. J. Holt collection, see Hobson, Rackham and King 1931, Chinese Ceramics in Private Collections, pl. 24.

Date:  18th century
Period:  1600-1750, 1750-1850, 18th century
Origin:  China
Medium: Painted enamel on copper
Dimensions: 50.8 cm (20 inches)
Provenance: Formerly in a French private collection

Categories: Oriental and Asian Art