Lot 147. A blue and white 'Four accomplishments' baluster vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Height 17 1/2 in., 44.5 cm. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 USD. Lot sold 50,000 USD. © Sotheby's.
of elegant baluster form with galleried rim and ribbed neck, well-painted with a continuous scene of scholars gathering to learn and master the gentlemanly arts of the game of weiqi, playing the qin, calligraphy and painting all in an outdoor setting replete with varying foliage and rockwork, wood stand (2).
Provenance: Acquired from J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 6th November 1974.
Literature: Cornelius Osgood, Blue and White Chinese Porcelain, A Study of Form, New York, 1956, no. 3B, pl. 6.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. New York, 19 march 2013