REIGN OF H.M. EMPEROR TU DUC (1847-1883). Rare... - Lot 57 - Lynda Trouvé

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REIGN OF H.M. EMPEROR TU DUC (1847-1883). Rare... - Lot 57 - Lynda Trouvé
REIGN OF H.M. EMPEROR TU DUC (1847-1883). Rare and important imperial dish of exceptional size in Phap Lam copper enamels, decorated with a coiled dragon with five claws holding the sacred pearl in a central medallion encircled by four golden dragons chasing the flaming jewel. The midnight-blue background is studded with stylized clouds in famille rose enamel. The copper border is flanked by a frieze on a turquoise-blue background. The reverse of the wing is enameled blue. Vietnam, Hué workshops, 19th century, reign of S.M. Tu Duc (1847-1883). Diameter: 47 cm. (Chips, restorations on the back). It was during the reign of Emperor Minh Mang that the art of copper enameling "phap lam" developed in Vietnam. Inspired by the skills of Chinese craftsmen who had mastered the technique, and in view of the new construction of the imperial palace, the Emperor issued an edict establishing the imperial workshop in Hué in the 8th year of his reign, in 1827. However, it was during the reigns of his successors, Emperors Thiêu Tri (1841-1847) and Tu Duc (1847-1883), that this booming art form reached its peak in Vietnam, before gradually declining in the wake of the troubles linked to the French conquest at the end of Dang Khanh's reign, around 1889. For a similar piece of more modest size, see the example preserved in the Mausoleum of Emperor Tu Duc in Hué (Lăng Tự Đức) marked with four characters below the base.
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