A rare three-piece famille-rose garniture, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period (1723-1735)

Lot 805. A rare three-piece famille-rose garniture, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period (1723-1735). Jars 24 1/4 in., 61.6 cm. Beakers 20 1/8 in., 51.1 cm. Estimate 150,000 — 200,000 USD. Lot sold 180,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's

comprising a pair of ovoid covered jars and a gu beaker vase, the jars each finely and colorfully painted in a pastel pallette with a lush setting of a peony tree with over-sized blooms intertwined with a magnolia tree issuing from rocks, with two birds one in mid-flight and the other perched on a branch and several butterflies fluttering around, set between detatched orchid sprigs and double lozenges collaring the neck and a band of cartouches enclosing butterflies and flowers reserved on a yellow diaper ground centered with a pink peony around the shoulders, and a band of lime-green ground lappets skirting the foot, the domed cover with a bud finial similarly decorated, as well as the gu vase further decorated with birds, peonies and magnolias, stands, (7)

Provenance: Collection of M.M Tournet, Paris.
Collection of Luis de Errazu, Madrid.
The Chinese Porcelain Company, New York. 

Literature: Michel Beudeley et. al., Qing Porcelain Famille-verte, Famille-rose, 1644-1912, New York, 1987, p. 110, no. 157.
J.P. van Goidsenhoven, La Ceramique Chinoise Sous Les Ts'ing 1644-1851, Brussels, 1936. 

Note: The concept of a garniture was a distinctly Dutch creation.  The first blue and white versions from the Kangxi period, however, gained in popularity throughout Europe and were later produced in many color palettes.  While still popular with the Dutch, famille-rose garnitures had wide-appeal throughout Europe and England, embodying the 18th century Rococo aesthetic more successfully than their 17th century cousins in underglazed cobalt-blue.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, including Property from the Collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, New York, 19 Mar 2007