VASE , TORTOISE- SHELL . h : 22 cm.
Sexagonal shape ; composed in 3 sections, and 2 ringed handles on both sides. Intricately carved with floral designs on a pierced fond .
Period : 19th Century .
The shape and the " réticulé-work" are derived from a Famille Rose original Qianlong vase, see " Cohen & Cohen catalogue 2007", n° 7.
This is a stunning example of Chinese artistry . Tortoise-shell is an extremely fragil material , and was very impractical in its, because the works of art had to be produced in sections . But with the Chinese genius for using impractical materials just to meet the challenge they present to the craftsman,they did employ tortoise shell on very rare occasion . The present vase is a rare and splendid example of it ; and in 100% perfect condition .