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$ 1,200

A Chinese Plique-a-jour Archaic style bowl

Origin China
Period 1920-1949
Materials enamel and copper
H. 2.1 in; Diam. 4.5 in;
H. 5.33 cm; Diam. 11.43 cm;
Condition Good. Fine condition with some age appropriate patina and wear
Creation Date 20th century
Description A small Chinese cloisonne enamel bowl made with the technique of Plique-a-jour (means "letting in daylight" in French), a challenging method similar to small scale stained windows originally developed in the Byzantine Empire in 6th century AD. Using no backing and translucent enamel, it creates small jewel like piece.
This small exquisite bowl is in a miniature form reminiscent of the archaic Chinese Bronze. It features a pair of double handle in the shape of "Tao De" with rings. The copper based cloisonne cells feature a pair of phoenixes perching on peony branches on a background of fish scale wire. The miniature compartments "cells" were filled with enamels of different colors to precisely carry out the auspicious design while letting the light through.
Styles / Movements Asian, Cloisonné, Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 311589
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