Qing dynasty AD1644-1911

Champleve Box with Filigree Work

Qing dynasty AD1644-1911

Champleve Box with Filigree Work

Height: 9 cm, length: 17.7 cm, width: 16.5 cm

Highlighted against a backdrop of decoration in two dense levels of gold workmanship on a gilt box are flowers, a character for longevity (shou), and a bat. The champleve enamelware is lustrous and colorful. This technique of selectively firing filled enamelware glazes is also commonly known as "selective blue" or "fired blue." The exquisite and dense layers of the gold filament decoration on the box have been highlighted with the interspersed enamelware blue glaze, making for a brilliant and eye-dazzling piece.

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