Cloisonne Ice Chest,
China, possibly Qianlong period, square with tapering sides, decorated all over with a variety of auspicious flora and fauna against a sky blue ground in three sections divided by two metal bands of engraved lotus scrolls, the banded metal rims of both cover and chest decorated with trellis designs, a pair of upturned ruyi
-head handles on each of the midsections of two sides, the two-part hinged cover with two openwork coin designs to one side designed to release cool air, the pewter-lined interior with a two-part hinged cover and a wooden insert on the bottom, ht. 19 3/4, wd. and dp. 28 1/2 in.
Provenance: A private Palm Beach, Florida, estate.
Note: For a similar example see Christie's New York, Sale 1459, The Ruxton and Audrey B. Love Collection, Lot 601, October 20, 2004. Estimate $40,000-60,000 the cover distorted in overall shape (not completely closing the chest), multiple dents, cracked enamels, and holes, the chest with two slashing breakages to two sides, traces of repairs along the broken lines, normal wear and tear with surface scratches, rusting, and surface dirt, loss of enameled details to some area.
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