Lot 358. A fine famille-verte 'Warrior' rouleau vase, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period (1662-1722). Height 18 3/8 in., 46.7 cm. Estimate: US$30,000 - US$50,000. Lot Sold 93,750 US$. Courtesy Sotheby's.
The cylindrical body brilliantly enameled with a continuous lively scene depicting a general on horseback, possibly Guo Ziyi, traveling through a mountain pass with troops, stopping to receive homage from an official flanked by two attendants, all amid towering trees, craggy rockwork, a pavilion roof nestled in the distance, swirling clouds and a full moon overhead, the base glazed white, coll, no. 216.
Provenance: Cohen & Cohen, London, 2001.
Note: The scene may depict the famous Tang dynasty general Guo Ziyi (697-781) accepting submission from a representative of an opposing army. The general was sent out to suppress the An Lushan rebellion and his reputation as a brilliant and successful commander preceded him, often producing an admission of defeat before a battle had begun. A famille-verte dish with related subject matter is in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam and illustrated in Christiaan J.A. Jörg, Famille Verte Chinese Porcelains in Green Enamels, Groninger Museum, Gronigen, cat. no. 74.