Lot 24. A famille rose inscribed 'landscape' bottle vase, Republic period (1912-1949); 8 in. (20.3 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 10,000 - GBP 15,000 (USD 13,580 - USD 20,370). Price realised GBP 7,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018.
The exterior of the body is delicately enamelled with a continuous lakeside landscape scene, featuring fishermen and travellers within tall mountains, trees and rocks, below a long poetic inscription to the neck which ends with two red seals. The base bears the iron-red seal mark Zhaode tang zhi, made for the Hall of Zhaode.
Provenance: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 8 October 2006, lot 1135.
Note: The two-line inscription to the neck is extracted from the poem Chun Ri (Spring Day) by the Southern Song author Zhu Xi (1130-1200), eulogising the beauty of a sunny and vibrant spring landscape.
The hallmark Zhaode tang zhi appears to be one of the hallmarks used by Cao Kun (1862-1938), sixth President of the Republic of China between 1923-1924.
Christie's. Rarity and Refinement: Treasures from a Distinguished East Asian Collection, London, 15 May 2018 - SALE 16837