Lot 1105.  A rare pair of famille rose turquoise-ground square jardinières, Shendetang zhi marks in iron-red, Daoguang period (1821-1850); 10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm.) wide. Estimate USD 60,000 - USD 80,000. Price realised USD 62,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019.

Each jardinière is raised on four bracket feet and finely decorated on each side with a panel containing two of the Eight Daoist Immortals in a landscape surrounded by pine trees and rocky outcroppings, all reserved on a turquoise ground colorfully enameled with floral scrolls.

The Robert B. and Beatrice C. Mayer Family Collection.

ProvenanceNagatani, Chicago, 2 February 1967.

Exhibited: On loan: Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, March 1984-January 1995.

NoteThe Shendetang hall mark is a dedication to the Hall for the Cultivation of Virtue, a summer residence of the Emperor Daoguang, where a range of dedicated fine porcelains was made to furnish this particular hall. For a Shendetang-marked vase decorated with figures within panels reserved on a turquoise ground, see Porcelains with Cloisonne Enamel Decoration and Famille Rose Decoration, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 195.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 13 September 2019