A Fine And Rare Famille Verte 'Phoenix-Tail' Vase. Kangxi Period  (1662-1772). photo Christie's Ltd 2011

The baluster body finely painted with rectangular panels of a scholar riding a donkey and a mythical beast alternating with quatrefoil panels of butterfiles above smaller panels of antiques and bamboo, the trumpet-shaped neck with two rectangular panels, one enclosing a bird perched on a flowering mallow stem beside orange leaves, the other with a fisherman in a mountainous stream, all within decorative borders and reserved on a pale iron-red ground with white stylized scrolls and scrolling stems of lotus and sagittaria leaves; 17 7/8 in. (45.4 cm.) high, box. Estimate $60,000 - $80,000 - Price Realized $74,500

Provenance: Sotheby Parke Bernet, Hong Kong, 12-13 May 1976, lot 263.
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 13 November 1990, lot 283.
Private Japanese collection.

Literature: Seicho Toji, Kunryudo, Japan, 1995, no. 2.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part I & II,  15 - 16 September 2011. New York, Rockefeller Plaza. www.christies.com