A rare and finely painted famille rose 'flower spirits' baluster vase, Daoguang six-character seal mark in iron-red and of the period (1821-1850). Estimate £50,000 – £80,000 ($75,700 - $121,120). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015
The vase is elegantly potted and finely painted with male and female figures standing within a fenced garden scene with tall trees below scrolling clouds. Each figure is depicted wearing lavish robes and holding sprays of flowers orlingzhi, with fine details rendered in gilt. The foot rim is decorated with a pink key-fret border, while the interior and underside are glazed in turquoise. 12 ¾ in. (32.5 cm.) high
Provenance: Christie's London, 7 November 2006, lot 235.
Note: The figures depicted on the current vase may be identified as Tang Ao and the Twelve Flower Spirits from the story of Jing Hua Yuan, Flowers in the Mirror, written by Li Ruzhen (1763-1828) in the Qing dynasty. Examples of porcelain vases from the Daoguang period illustrating this subject are very rare.
Christie's. APPRECIATING ELEGANCE: ART FROM THE SUI YUAN ZHAI COLLECTION, 11 May 2015, London, King Street