About this object

A cloisonné cylindrical pen pot. Both lip and base have copper bands, the main body of the vessel is decorated with a black enamel incised with a copper wire key pattern. Laid on top of this are branches of white blossoms and yellow flowers, possibly peonies, the branch leaves are bright green, tipped with yellow. The interior is enamelled in a petrol blue colour.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Writing; Container
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Enamel; Copper
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    120 mm x 64 mm; 4 3/4 in x 2 1/2 in
  • Note
    List of Curios No A99: Do-ring gave this to Palhese three or four years ago. Do-ring had it in the Do-ring house in Lhasa, and kept it on his table for keeping pens etc. in it. Curator note: This was given to Bell by Palhese when he visited Bell at his home in Edgcumbe, Berkshire in 1927. Palhese had come to help Bell finish his soon to be published book 'The People of Tibet'. Cloisonné was a popular choice of decorative wares in Tibetan aristocratic homes in the early 20th century. Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell ( Collector); Doring ( owned by); Palhese ( gifted by)

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  • List of Curios

    Bell, Charles Alfred

    Author: Bell, Charles Alfred
    Description: A typed object catalogue from Bell's handwritten notes on a wide variety of objects from his personal collection. This information often contains, the date he obtained an object, its provenance (including where and who he acquired from) and the person responsible for giving him the information. The process of writing the inventory began in December 1912 and continued until the late 1930s.

  • Tibet: Catalogue of Exhibits

    Tankard, Elaine

    Author: Tankard, Elaine
    Publisher: Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1953-03
    Description: Introductory essay and catalogue entries, in themes, for the 1953 exhibition; 'Tibet', held at the Walker Art Gallery.

Object view = Humanities
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