Lot 1822. A pair of famille rose 'butterfly' vases, Guangxu six-character mark in iron red and of the period (1875-1908); 15¼ in. (38.7 cm.) high. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000Price realised USD 72,100. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011.  

Each brightly enameled with butterflies in flight between bands of ruyi encircling the mouth, lotus and shou characters on the shoulder, and upright lappets around the base

Provenance: Acquired in 1987.

Note: Similar Guangxu-marked vases are illustrated in Imperial Porcelain of Late Qing from the Kwan Collection, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Art Gallery, Hong Kong, 1983, p. 133, no. 140; by G. Avitabile, From the Dragon's Treasure: Chinese Porcelain from the 19th and 20th Centuries in the Weishaupt Collection, London, 1987, p. 91, no. 126; and by H.A. Van Oort, Chinese Porcelain of the 19th and 20th Centuries, the Netherlands, 1977, pl. 104. Compare, also, to one sold in these rooms on 19 September 2007, lot 430; and another on 26 March 2010, lot 1445.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part I and Part II Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York, 24 March 2011