Pair of monumental Chinese cloisonné enamel vases


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The vases in this pair are truly spectacular examples of 20th century Chinese art. Each vase, adorned with superb cloisonné enamel, stands some three metres (or 9 feet 9 inches) tall.

Each vase features a bulbous body above a socle and circular foot, while each culminates in a waisted neck and a flared rim. The bulbous body of each is decorated to one side with a pair of exotic pheasants standing on rocks amongst peonies and chrysanthemums, while the other side is adorned with cranes, other exotic birds, and deer, all amidst further peonies and prunus flowers. The entire composition of the body, wrought from cloisonné enamel, is set above a cloud-waved cobalt coloured ground.

The neck of each is adorned with cloisonné lotuses and intertwining dragons, Shou characters, and representations of the Eight Precious Things (namely, the wish-granting pearl, double lozenges, stone chime, rhinoceros’ horns, double coins, gold and silver ingots, coral, and the wish-granting sceptre). The socle below is similarly adorned with symbols of the Eight Precious Things, while the spreading foot is decorated with ruyi heads and arabesques.

The vases are raised on relief-carved ebonised wood stands.

Total height: 265cm, diameter: 86cm.


From the Private Collection of Mr. Jack A. Belz, Memphis, Tennessee until 2019.


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Early 20th Century
Early 20th Century
Birds / Ornithology, Chinese Interest, Floral
Enamel - Cloisonné, Hardwood
Blue, Brown, Gold, Multi-coloured


265 cm / 104.3 inches
86 cm / 33.9 inches


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