Lot 149. A famille rose oval jardinière, Qianlong six-character seal mark in iron red mark within double-square and of the period (1736-1795). Longueur: 21,7 cm. (8 5/8 in.). Estimate EUR 20,000 - EUR 30,000. Price realised EUR 23,750. © Christie's Image Ltd 2020.
De forme polylobée et reposant sur quatre petits pieds à décor de volutes géométriques, elle est ornée de papillons multicolores et de rinceaux fleuris. La bordure est agrémentée de branchages fleuris, l'intérieur est délicatement rehaussé de quelques pétales d'aster blanc.
Provenance: Previously from an important European private collection.
Note: Luohan, also known as Arhat in Sanskrit, were followers of the historical Buddha who have attained enlightenment but remained on earth to manifest their faith. They are usually depicted as middle-aged or elderly monks with shaven heads wearing heavy robes, without Vajrayana ornamentation. In early depictions, they are usually shown with Western features, but by the 11th-12th centuries they are more frequently portrayed as ethnically Chinese such as in this present bowl.
Christie's. Art d'Asie, Paris, 23 June 2020