Lot 124. A large blue and white rouleau vase, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 73cm (28 6/8in) high. Estimate £ 6,000-10,000. Sold for £ 25,000 (€ 28,550). Photo Bonhams.
Decorated in vivid blue tones with a rectangular panel depicting a mountainous river landscape dotted with trees, rocks and pavilions, inscribed all around with the Preface to Poems from the Pavilion of the Prince of Teng by Tang dynasty poet Wang Bo in uniform kaishu script, the neck embellished with various decorative bands.
Provenance: a European private collection.
Note: The impressive size of the present vase is a testament to the technical ability of the potters, creating a large 'canvas' allowing the portrayal of landscape and literary subject matters. Large vases decorated with a landscape scene and an accompanying poem are unusual. However, see a beaker vase depicted with the 'Later Ode to the Red Cliff' by Song poet, Su Shi (1036-1101), illustrated in the Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red (III), Hong Kong, 2000, pl.32.
See a related blue and white yen yen vase, sold at Christie's New York, 19 September 2006, lot 1701; a related blue and white rouleau vase painted with a landscape scene, sold in these rooms on 12 May 2011, lot 289
Bonhams. FINE CHINESE ART, London, 12 November 2015