Chinese Floral Cloisonné Enamel and Ormolu Vase for Islamic Market
Chinese, early 20th Century
Dimensions: Height 20cm, diameter 23cm
This beautiful bowl is a superb example of Chinese export ware designed for an Islamic market. The bowl is crafted from bronze with gilding accenting its rim, feet, and handles. The surface of the bowl is profusely decorated with cloisonné enamel work, with multicoloured enamels wrought into a variety of scrolling, floral forms against a turquoise blue ground. The front and the back of the bowl feature gilded cartouches, each of which contains an embossed Arabic inscription indicating its production for an Islamic market.
The underside is marked in Chinese script for the maker.