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Cloisonné Enamel Vase, Early Ming Dynasty(15th century)

Cloisonné Enamel Vase, Early Ming Dynasty(15th century)

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This exquisite vase is a fine example of Ming Dynasty cloisonné, an era renowned for revolutionizing the cloisonné technique with intricate design and vibrant enamel work. The cylindrical vase is meticulously adorned with floral motifs, each bloom a symbol of natural beauty and harmony. The vivid colors are typical of the Ming palette, with a predominant turquoise blue background that was favored during the period. Such vases were often commissioned by the imperial court, reflecting the high cultural esteem for cloisonné work. 


Period: Early Ming Dynasty(景泰, 1449-1457)
Type: Vase
Medium: Cloisonné Enamel
Height: 35.3 cm
Provenance: The piece was acquired in Japanese Gallery in the year mid-2000.
Condition: Excellent, with slight staining

Reference : 
1) THE MET - Accession Number: 29.110.37
2) Bonhams Hongkong 2 December 2021 - COLOUR / IMPACT Lot 28


* Cloisonné Enamel

Cloisonné, an ancient technique perfected in China, encapsulates the allure of both metalwork and ceramic artistry. The intricate process, where metal wires create compartments (cloisons) on a metal vessel, filled with enamel, results in stunning pieces that are both vibrant and enduring. The colors and patterns preserved in the enamel, achieved through multiple firings, are reminiscent of China's rich cultural tapestry. Owning a cloisonné piece is like holding a fragment of history—each a narrative of bygone sophistication and a testament to the craftsmen's dedication to beauty and excellence. It's not merely an object, but a bridge to a storied past, making cloisonné works highly sought after by connoisseurs and collectors alike.

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