A rare famille rose relief decorated 'Hundred Deer' vase, hu 19th century
Lot 199
A rare famille rose relief-decorated 'Hundred Deer' vase, hu 19th century
Sold for £15,600 (US$ 24,410) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare famille rose relief-decorated 'Hundred Deer' vase, hu
19th century
The pear-shaped vase rising to the tall waisted neck and everted rim, finely decorated with the 'Hundred Deer' grazing in a mountainous landscape amidst pine trees and rockwork, in gilt, yellow, white, iron-red, aubergine and black enamels reserved on a green-washed ground, with a band of ruyi-heads below the rim and peach sprigs alternating with Shou characters around the foot, the base and neck turquoise glazed.
46.8cm (18⅜in) high.

Footnotes

  • Provenance: an Italian private collection, Lombardy.

    The auspicious subject of 'Hundred Deer', bailu, represents the wish for 'May you receive the hundred emoluments from heaven', shoutian bailu. The deer is associated with longevity and often accompanies depictions of Shoulao, the God of Longevity. The subject matter may be seen on Ming Dynasty vases during the Wanli period, and was particularly popular in the Qing Dynasty. This subject matter was often decorated on the archaistic hu-shaped vases from the Qianlong to the Guangxu period. For a Qianlong example, attributed to 1738, see Liao Pao Show, Stunning Decorative Porcelains from the Ch'ien-lung Reign, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2009, Catalogue no.51. Relief decoration was prevalent during the Jiaqing and Daoguang periods and continued throughout the 19th century until the Guangxu period.
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