BOUCHERON. Lapis lazuli and enamel 'Chinoiserie' vase

Designed as a stylised 'Hu' vase, its hollowed lapis lazuli body carved with handles depicting two mythical beasts, its lid, base, and sides embellished with light and dark blue and white enamel detail, measurements approximately 120mm x 51mm x 32mm, circa May 1929, signed Boucheron Paris, maker's mark and French assay mark for gold. Note: Hu vases were first seen in China during the Shang Dynasty (1600-1045 BC) and were originally bronze ritualistic wine vessels. Throughout Chinese history, the form and purpose of these vases evolved and by the 18th Century, encouraged by The Qianlong Emperor's taste for archaistic styles, Qing jade craftsmen were producing lidded-vases of almost identical proportions and features as this example by Boucheron.


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