Medium and Support:
Bequest of Emile Leonard Schoppe
1 3/4 in. x 5 3/8 in. x 5 in. (4.45 cm x 13.65 cm x 12.7 cm)
Currently on view
Finely painted enamel-on-copper objects, such as this charming example, were popular among the decorative arts of the Qianlong period (1736-95). Cloisonné became fashionable in China during the 18th century, when European examples were introduced through trade to Canton (present-day Guandong) and by Jesuits who visited the imperial court. Covered in turquoise enamel, this desk accessory invites its owner to dip his or her brush into a pool of water that has collected in a lily pad. Inside this miniature world dwell koi, mollusks, two crabs, a frog, and a snail.
Last Updated: 5/30/2012