An exquisite late 19th-century Chinese export painting on silk captures the elegance and artistry of China’s rich artistic traditions. This substantial piece showcases a large ornamental vase, reminiscent of the intricate designs found in Canton Enamel.

The vase is a true spectacle, beginning with its pronounced splayed rim. Below it, a narrowing neck gracefully curves outward, embracing broad shoulders. The body of the vase tapers beautifully, providing a balanced and harmonious form. This elegant vase rests on an ebonised wooden base, elevated by four delicate feet adorned with Oriental cloud motifs, a hint to the heavens and the ethereal.

The central panel of the vase serves as a window into a vibrant world. Vividly coloured oriental bearded court figures, adorned in flowing robes of shimmering blue, golden yellow, and rich orange silks, make their procession from left to right. They navigate a lush, verdant landscape marked by rocky outcroppings. A notable scene unfolds in the foreground, where a figure exudes mastery as he tames a mythical Fo dog, a guardian of sacred spaces.

Encasing this lively tableau, the vase’s borders exude elegance with a bright yellow background, adorned with scrolling green foliage intertwined with delicate blue and pink flowers. The interior of the vase reveals a powder blue hue, reminiscent of the celebrated Canton Enamel vases, reinforcing the painting’s homage to this traditional art form. As an added touch of natural opulence, a robust piece of precious red coral emerges from the vase. Its multiple flame-like branches ascend with vigor and dynamism, contrasting beautifully against the vase’s soft blue interior.

An artist’s signature, subtly placed on the lower left-hand side, gives this masterpiece its finishing touch. Ensuring its preservation and enhancing its allure, the silk panel now resides within an ebonised wooden frame, safeguarded behind clear glass.

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Chinese Republic Period Canton Enamel Vase Painting on Silk

Stock Number: 54692

A substantial Late 19th century Chinese export painting on silk of a large ornamental vase, possibly simulating Canton Enamel. A substantial piece of red coral issues from the vase with multiple flame-like branches. The scene is signed on the lower left-hand side.


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