A rare pair of cloisonné enamel red-ground double gourd vases

Qianlong period, 1736-1795, China

Height 46.5 cm, 18.3 inches

Each finely enamelled with an all over pattern of leafy, flowering vines with numerous double gourds mottled in either black and white or pale turquoise and mauve, the leaves in green and rich turquoise, while the four wan emblems interspersed around the sides of the lower body are alternately in yellow and blue, all reserved on a rich red ground between the gilded foot and flared mouth.

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