Lot n° 62
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REIGN OF H.M. EMPEROR KHAI DINH (1916-1925).... - Lot 62 - Lynda Trouvé
REIGN OF H.M. EMPEROR KHAI DINH (1916-1925).
Very rare commemorative plate in silver 800°/°° vermeillé and silver-plated metal, the central part adorned with four gilded characters accompanied on either side by lines of calligraphic text; on the right indicating that the object commemorates the ceremony of Emperor Khai Dinh's accession to the throne, on the left specifying the date 1922 and its translation into Chinese "the auspicious day of the summer month of Renxu". The text marked with the Imperial seal of Khai Dinh on the right and the seal of the Imperial Court of Annam on the left.
The central inscription is encircled by a frieze of incised Greek characters, all set in a high-relief, finely chased frame of dragons facing each other, chasing the sacred pearl in the clouds. The corners are embellished with vermeil flowers, and the upper part is fitted with two suspension rings.
Dimensions: 35x50 cm.
Gross weight: 4716.7 g.
(Wear and oxidation).
This commemorative plaque was made to commemorate the arrival ceremony of H.M. Emperor Khai Dinh in France on the occasion of his official visit from May 15 to August 11, 1922. On June 21, 1922, Albert Sarrault, former Governor of Indochina and Minister of the Colonies, welcomed him on his arrival in Marseille. After visiting the Colonial Exhibition in Paris, the Emperor was received at the Elysée Palace by the President of the Republic:
H.M. Khai Dinh's visit to France left a lasting impression: the official pomp and ceremony was particularly costly, and was even the subject of a major photographic report.
This plate is one of the very few testimonies of this famous episode. The quality of the chased decoration suggests that it was made at great expense.
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