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|China, Late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) for the jade plaque|
Very nice silver interlocked bracelet, gilded, with cloisonné enamel flowers and bats surrounding a Chinese ideogram. A white jade octagonal openwork ornamental plate, showing two children framing three branches in a vase. Safety catch. Museum quality jewel for collectors
|Location of Origin: Asia|
|Medium/Materials: silver, enamel, jade|
|Dimensions: total weight of the jewelry: 74g / 2.61 oz; diameter of the bracelet: 6cm / 2.36”; Width of the bracelet: 5.8cm / 2.28”|
|Primary Classification: Jewelry for Sale : Asian Jewelry|
|Secondary Classification: Asian Art : Chinese Antiques|
|The technique of cloisonné decoration consists of creating the outlines of the motifs with slender metallic partitions welded onto the metal. Enamel in the form of powder is then deposited in the compartments. Fused together, the glazed material is then polished.|
Introduced in China at the beginning of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) by the European traders on the Silk Road, this decoration was commissioned by the emperors from the imperial cloisonné workshop in Beijing for use on their jewels, their vessels, and their luxury objects. The colors mainly used were the nuances of blue obtained from metallic cobalt oxides called "Jingtai lan", from the name of Emperor Jingtai (1450-1457).
The art of cloisonné decoration attained international fame under the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Under the Ming Dynasty, the representation of children is a strong symbol of fertility and a good omen for the male descendents. Associated with bats, they are a symbol of happiness. Five bats represent long life, wealth, health, love and natural death.
The very nice setting is probably from early XIXth century.
Museography: A very similar plaque, described as a belt plaque, belongs to the Metropolitan Museum in New York, under the accession number 02.18.387. http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/ 60011360,p class=page3>Certificate by expert gemologist available on vendor website, listed in the Collection Registry (Livre de Police) under N°895. Log in to see vendor info.
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