Flower pictures done in gouache in China by Chinese artists for the European market. ca. 1850. Chinese School, Cheongqua. All of these being from the same lot up for bid in a current Sotheby’s auction which is composed of three folios.

Pink and white flowers with a hovering butterfly. ca. 1850. Chinese School, Cheongqua. Gouache on mounted pith paper with silk borders with the red inked stamp of Cheongqua on each endpaper. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/books-manuscripts/_chinese-nobility-flora-and-fauna-albums-e802
Pinkish/red flowers with two butterflie. ca. 1850. Chinese School, Cheongqua. Gouache on mounted pith paper with silk borders with the red inked stamp of Cheongqua on each endpaper. Image © 2021 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/books-manuscripts/_chinese-nobility-flora-and-fauna-albums-e802

Visions of a China that isn’t coming back, illustrations from “China, in a series of views: displaying the scenery, architecture, and social habits of that ancient empire.” Published in London in 1843, it was written by Thomas Allom.

“Chinese cemetery.” Frontispiece. Page 5. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/chinainseriesofv3to4allo/page/n5/mode/1up
“The Woo Tang Mountains.” Page 12. Drawn by T. Allom. T. A. Prior, engraver. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/chinainseriesofv3to4allo/page/n12/mode/1up
“Hall of Audience, Palace of Yuen min Yuen, Peking.” Page 17. Drawn by T. Allom. E. Brandard, engraver. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/chinainseriesofv3to4allo/page/n17/mode/1up
“Landing Place and Entrance to the Temple of Honan, Canton.” Page 10. From a sketch on the spot by T. Varnham, Esquire and drawn by T. Allom. C. T. Dixon, engraver. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/chinainseriesofv3to4allo/page/10/mode/1up
“The Proof-sword Rock, Hoo-kew-Shan.” Page 12. Drawn by T. Allom. J. Sands, engraver. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/chinainseriesofv3to4allo/page/12/mode/1up

Thomas Allom was a an English architect, artist and topographical illustrator who lived from 1804 to 1872. He Illustrated a great many travel books, including this one.

Cranes created in China and rendered in cloisonné enamel. All of these coming in pairs. Better that way for one might be lonely. 18th to 20th century.


Pair of cloisonné enamel cranes, each with a long slender neck elegantly curved in an “S” with their red crested heads raised upward with slightly agape beaks with slender intricately detailed bodies in yellow, black, and white enamel overlapping plumage and straight legs resting on an oval rockwork base. 18th c. Qing Dynasty, Chinese. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/a-rare-pair-of-large-cloisonne-enamel-5088340-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=5088340&sid=175e59a7-2fe4-49e3-8ccf-eb340557d86f
Pair of cloisonné enamel cranes, modelled as a pair of cranes with curved necks standing on a rockwork based surrounded by cresting waves. The smaller crane looking backward towards the larger one, grasping a double peach spring in its long pointed beak, the chest with an apocryphal four-character Qianlong mark 2. 20th c. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/style-private-collections/a-large-and-impressive-pair-of-cloisonne-enamel

Pair of cloisonné enamel cranes, each standing on a rocky base, with a pricket candle holder in the form of a prunus branch held in their beaks. 19th-20th c. Chinese. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-pair-of-chinese-cloisonne-enamel-large-6195948-details.aspx

Chapter headings from the book “A description of the empire of China and Chinese-Tartary : together with the kingdoms of Korea, and Tibet . . .” which was published in London in 1738 by Edward Cave. Jean-Baptiste du Halde, author. Probably translated by Emanuel Bowen. An English translation of a French work.

The Translator’s Preface. Page 8. Collections of the Boston College Libraries.  Boston Library Consortium Member Libraries, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/descriptionofemp00duha/page/n8/mode/2up
Author’s preface. Page 22. Collections of the Boston College Libraries.  Boston Library Consortium Member Libraries, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/descriptionofemp00duha/page/n22/mode/2up
Heading with a portrait of Emperor Kang-Hi of China, who died 20 December 1722. in the 6 I (sic) year of his reign drawn at the age of 32. Page 37. Collections of the Boston College Libraries.  Boston Library Consortium Member Libraries, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/descriptionofemp00duha/page/n37/mode/2up

Cloisonné enamel with a whiff of something else. Chinese opium boxes all from a while back.

Opium boxes. 18th and 19th c.
Opium boxes. 18th and 19th c. Chinese. Cloisonné enamel. Enameled inside and out with floral and other motifs. Image © Lauritz Auctions, Stockholm. Fair use license. via https://www.lauritz.com/en/auction/a-collection-of-opium-boxes-cloisonne-china-4/i4762118/#

Octangular opium box and furnace holder. Antique.
Octangular opium box and furnace holder. Antique. Cloisonné enamel. Image © 2016 / GALERIE LAMY ORIENTAL FINE ARTS BRUSSELS. Fair use license. via https://www.galerielamy.com/octangular-cloisonne-enamel-opium-box-furnace-holder.html

Opium boxes. Late Qing dynasty.
Opium boxes. Late Qing dynasty. Cloisonné enamel. Image © 2019 Heritage Auctions. Fair use license. via https://fineart.ha.com/itm/asian/chinese/three-chinese-cloisonne-and-enameled-opium-boxes-late-qing-dynasty3-1-8-h-x-3-w-x-1-5-8-d-inches-79-x-76-x-41-cm-la-total-3/a/5334-78161.s

Opium drost container. 19th c.
Opium drost container. 19th c. Cloisonné enamel. Image © 2016 / GALERIE LAMY ORIENTAL FINE ARTS BRUSSELS. Fair use license. via https://www.galerielamy.com/cloisonne-opium-drost-container.html

Chinese export candlesticks. In silver and in porcelain and mostly late 19th century. All beautiful.

Candlesticks in the form of a fire breathing dragon. ca. 1890.
Candlesticks in the form of a fire breathing dragon. ca. 1890. Chased and embossed silver with applied protruding arms and legs. MakMaker’s mark: WH (Wang Hing & Company). Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/tableware/antique-chinese-export-silver-dragon-candlesticks-circa-1890/id-f_2943772/

Candlesticks with porcelain parrots. 19th c.
Candlesticks with porcelain parrots. 19th c. Porcelain with an ormolu mount. Maker not known. Sold by Christies in 1998. Image © 2002-2019 LiveAuctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/en-gb/item/57428421_chinese-export-porcelain-and-ormolu-candlesticks

Rose medallion candlesticks. Antique.
Rose medallion candlesticks. Antique. Image © Northeast Auctions. Fair use license. via https://northeastauctions.com/product/five-chinese-export-porcelain-rose-medallion-candlesticks-heights-6-to-12-inches/