Chinese collection

Item LL 5949
Close up of the label - Borough of Rawtenstall Gallery, 1938 of item LL 5949
Back of the object of item LL 5949

Accession no: LL 5949
Object type: Cloisonné
Name: Lantern
Materials: Cloisonné enamel
Place made: China
Date made: Qing Dynasty, Qianlong (1736-1795 AD)
Measurements: H. 47.4 cm, W. 22.4 cm

Description: Lantern, of square form in the shape of a shrine, surrounded by a balustrade and standing on a pedestal. On the top is a square beaker-shaped vase with pierced cover. On the corners of the roof are dragon-shaped finials, and the roof is bordered with eaves in tile pattern. The sides and parts of the roof are decorated with cloisonné enamel – dark blue, green, red, yellow, aubergine, and white in a turquoise-blue ground. On the sides are shou (longevity) characters between dragon scrolls; lotus arabesques in the spaces. On the roof are lotus arabesques and archaic fret borders. In the other parts are lotus arabesques and borders of stiff leaves. Borders of false gadroons on the base. The lantern has a pierced opening at one side which candle can be placed inside.

Provenance
Sir Trevor Lawrence collection; his sale, Christie's, 1 June 1916, lot 594, purchased by Frank Partridge & Sons for Lever, £63; by whom gifted to the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 1922.

Exhibited
Chinese Art Exhibition, 1936, Borough of Rawtenstall Art Gallery & Museum, Lancashire.

Literature
R. L. Hobson, Chinese Porcelain and Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art, London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1928, No. 840.