Lot 2910. A rare pair of coral-red ground famille rose vases, Jiaqing six-character seal mark in iron-red and of the period (1796-1820); 13 1/4 in. (33.5 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 3,000,000 - HKD 5,000,000. Price realised HKD 6,700,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017
Each vase is finely enamelled and gilt to the body with tasselled lanterns above large lotus blooms and colourful scrolling flowers, all above a lappet band by the foot and below a ruyi-head band. The shoulder is decorated with a keyfret band below a band of stiff leaves, and the neck is decorated with further scrolling lotus supporting a vase filled with millet, all below a further ruyi-head band at the gilt rim. The interior and base are enamelled turquoise, box.
Note: It is rare to find Jiaqing famille rose vases in pairs. The elaborate decorative scheme seen on the current vases follows closely the designs of the Qianlong period, such as a pair of Qianlong-marked ruby-ground famille rose vases from the Y. C. Chen Collection, sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 29 May 2013, lot 1922. Compare also to a pair of Jiaqing-marked famille rose vases of similar shape and design, but with handles on the necks, sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 8 April 2011, lot 3076; and a single Jiaqing-marked yellow-ground vase of pear-shaped form, decorated in famille rose with lotus blooms and other auspicious symbols, from the Fonthill Collection and sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 1 December 2010, lot 2981.
An exceptionally fine and rare pair of ruby-red ground famille rose vases, Qianlong iron-red six-character seal marks and of the period (1736-1795), from the Y. C. Chen Collection; 12 in. (30.5 cm.) high. Sold for HKD 43,550,000 at Christie’s Hong Kong, 29 May 2013, lot 1922. © Christie's Images Ltd 2012
A rare and very finely painted pair of famille-rose vases, Seal marks and period of Jiaqing; height 34.3 cm., 13 1/2 in. Sold for 9,020,000 HKD at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 8 April 2011, lot 3076. Photo: Sotheby's
An important and very rare yellow-ground famille rose vase, Jiaqing iron-red six-character sealmark and of the period (1796-1820),from the Fonthill Collection; 11 1/2 in. (28 cm.) high. Sold for HKD 90,260,000 at Christie’s Hong Kong, 1 December 2010, lot 2981. © Christie's Images Ltd 2010
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 29 November 2017, Hong Kong