Lot 337. An iron-red ground famille-verte rouleau vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Height 18 1/8 in., 46 cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Lot sold 20,000 USD. © Sotheby's
the cylindrical body well painted with decorative panels reserved against a scrolling chrysanthemum iron red ground, a large rectangular panel with a katydid delicately poised on a flower bud issuing from a floral bower emerging from rockwork, the other large panel with a similar profusion of flowering and fruiting branches suspended from rockwork with a bird perched on a twig, its mate preparing to alight on another branch above, divided by a pomegranate-shaped panel enclosing 'insects and flora' and a leaf-shaped panel enclosing 'fish and waterweeds', all between ruyi head and lappet borders, the shoulder with 'butterfly and prunus' reserved against a green floral ground, the neck with four phoenix roundels between decorative bands, coll. no. 1394.
The Jie Rui Tang Collection.
Provenance: Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York.
Note: This finely painted vase belongs to rare group of iron-red or green ground cylindrical forms similarly painted with specific bird and flowers with auspicious meaning.
Similar examples include one from the Salting Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London illustrated in R. L. Hobson, Chinese Pottery and Porcelain, vol. II, London, 1915, pl. 103, one from the Walters Collection is illustrated in Stephen Bushell, Oriental Ceramic Art, New York, 1980, pl. XVII, another from the collection of Frederick J. and Antoinette H. van Slyke was sold in these rooms, 31st May 1989, lot 94. See also a related fish bowl featuring the same palette and decoration, from the Palace Museum, Beijing illustrated in Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong, Kong Kong, 1989, pl. 40.
Famille Verte Vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, 1680-1722. Porcelain painted in enamel colours. Height: 45 cm. Salting bequest, C.1237-1910. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2017.
Famille Verte Vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, 1700-1725. Porcelain with overglaze enamels, 181 1/2 in. (461 cm). Acquired by William T. Walters, Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest, 49.2355 © Walters Art Museum