A large yellow-ground 'butterfly' jardinière Tongzhi
Lot 336
A rare large famille rose yellow-ground butterfly-shaped jardinière Tongzhi
Sold for £45,600 (US$ 71,226) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare large famille rose yellow-ground butterfly-shaped jardinière
Tongzhi
The sturdily-potted jardinière modelled with undulating rim as a butterfly in profile, vibrantly enamelled around the sides with a profusion of brightly coloured butterflies in flight, all on a rich yellow ground, with key-fret border along the flattened rim, the rims gilded, wood stand 62.8cm (24¾in) high.
The jardinière 48.5cm (19in) wide (2).

Footnotes

  • The present jardinière most probably belongs to a unique group of yellow-ground enamel wares produced as a special commission for the Imperial Court during the reign of the Tongzhi Emperor. According to palace records, large quantities of yellow-ground wares were ordered for the Tongzhi Emperor's wedding in 1872. A drawing from the Qing Court Collection shows a similarly-painted bowl, with notes listing the forms and quantities to be produced in this design, see Guangyang Yaoci: Gugong bowuyuan cang Qingdai zhici guanyang yu Yuyao ciqi, Beijing, 2007, p.120, fig.22. Comparable vessels, each bearing four-character Tongzhi marks from the Court Collection are illustrated in ibid, pp.121-123. Compare a spittoon of the same design sold at Christie's London, 7 November 2008, lot 233.

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