Lot 1829An unusual pair of famille rose vases, Zhonghua minguo sanshiliu nian, Zhongzheng mark in iron red, corresponding to 1947 and of the period15 1/8 in. (38.5 cm.) highEstimate USD 10,000 - USD 20,000. Price realised USD 458,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011.  

Each of urn shape, the deep ovoid body decorated with four shaped panels alternately enclosing a figural scene or a scene of birds, reserved on a richly embellished gold ground, with a band of dragons and foliate cartouches on the shoulder, and diaper and ruyi decoration on the waisted neck, with a pair of tall arched handles, the spreading foot also with diaper pattern

Note: The mark, Zhonghua minguo sanshiliu nian follwed by the seal Zhongzheng, dates the vases to the 36th year of the Republic of China (1947). Zhongzheng is the name adopted by Chiang Kai-shek around 1917, when he became close to Sun Yat-sen.

In 1947 Chiang established the Taoci Zhuanke Xuexiao, Ceramics College, in Jingdezhen to create ceramics, some of which bear the mark seen on the present vase. These ceramics were of high quality and intended as gifts to China's Second World War allies and other foreign dignitaries. Production ceased after one year due to the outbreak of China's civil war.

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