A rare blue and white dragon and phoenix vase Qianlong seal mark and of the period
Lot 311
A rare blue and white 'dragon and phoenix' vase Qianlong seal mark and of the period
Sold for £54,000 (US$ 83,893) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare blue and white dragon and phoenix vase Qianlong seal mark and of the period A rare blue and white dragon and phoenix vase Qianlong seal mark and of the period
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A rare blue and white 'dragon and phoenix' vase
Qianlong seal mark and of the period
Of slender baluster form rising from a slightly splayed foot, with short cylindrical neck, finely painted around the sides in rich tones of underglaze blue with a striding five-clawed dragon and a phoenix in full flight amidst scrolling lingzhi borne on leafy tendrils, with a border of upright lappets at the foot, and a border of ruyi heads at the neck.
27.1cm (10¾in) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance: purchased in London in the 1970s
    An English private collection.

    The dragon and phoenix depicted together represent the Emperor and the Empress, and have traditionally been a symbol of the power of the Chinese empire. When shown together, they also symbolise the yin and yang of nature, the two highest principles of Chinese cosmology.

    Both the form and decoration of the present vase are exceptionally rare, and no comparable vase appears to have been published. A Jiaqing mark and period bottle vase painted around the body with a dragon and phoenix in the Nanjing Museum is illustrated in Treasures in the Royalty. The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2003, p.372.

    Variations of the design also appear on Qianlong mark and period doucai vases. See a doucai yuhuchun ping sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 8 April 2007, lot 514 and a doucai meiping from the Buchanan-Jardine collection, included in the Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Chinese Art 1935-36, London, 1936, Catalogue no.2177.
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