Lot 245. A fine large famille rose yellow-ground 'sylvan landscapes' vase, hu, Late Qing dynasty, Yongzheng six-character mark; 46.1cm high. Estimate HK$350,000 - 500,000. Sold for HK$ 437,500 (€ 46,149). © Bonhams 2001-2013.
Note: Each of the cartouches features figures within landscape scene which reflect the Confucian philosophy of filial piety, xiao. Filial piety is a virtue of respect for one's parents and ancestors, which is considered a key virtue in Chinese culture and one of the most important foundations for a stable society, featuring in many historical tales.
Both cartouches shows a traveller with his entourage and attendant, making the journey back to his ancestral home to visit his elderly parents. The young travellers are depicted dressed in scholarly robes representing well-educated and good social stature, but still seen here readily taking the long arduous road to honour their ancestors.
Bonhams. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 24 Nov 2013, 14:00 HKT, HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY