A famille verte baluster jar, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 186. A famille verte baluster jar, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 29cm (11 3/8in) high. (2).  Estimate £4,000 - 6,000 (€4,700 - 7,100). Photo: Bonhams.

Finely decorated around the exterior with a continuous scene of officials paying their respects to a seated dignitary and lady, all within palatial rooms and a fenced garden, wood cover.

NoteThe story depicted on the jar is from the play 'Thanksgiving Thrice', adapted from a popular novel by Feng Menglong 馮夢龍 (1574-1645). The story is about Xianyu Tong who only passed the Civil Service examinations at the age of 61. Having finally achieved examination success he reached high office and became the governor of Zhejiang. Xianyu Tong wanted to thank his teacher Kuai Yushi and his children and so helped them three times. The scene depicted on the present lot perhaps shows Xianyu in retirement enjoying the success of his children and grandchildren. See a similar motif on a brushpot, Kangxi, illustrated in Seventeenth Century Jingdezhen Porcelain from the Shanghai Museum and the Butler Collections, Shanghai, 2005, pp.290-291, no.107.

Bonhams. FINE CHINESE ART, 11 May 2017, 11:00 BST, LONDON, NEW BOND STREET