A famille rose turquoise-ground 'boys' vase Daoguang seal mark and of the period
Lot 73
A rare famille rose turquoise-ground 'boys' vase Daoguang seal mark and of the period
£200,000 - 250,000
US$ 340,000 - 420,000
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A famille rose turquoise-ground 'boys' vase Daoguang seal mark and of the period A famille rose turquoise-ground 'boys' vase Daoguang seal mark and of the period A famille rose turquoise-ground 'boys' vase Daoguang seal mark and of the period A famille rose turquoise-ground 'boys' vase Daoguang seal mark and of the period A famille rose jar (tiny glaze line) Daoguang mark and of the period
Lot Details
A rare famille rose turquoise-ground 'boys' vase
Daoguang seal mark and of the period
The ovoid body delicately and skilfully enamelled with a young man clothed in a rose enamelled robe and wearing a gilt cap, holding aloft a large gilded headdress and surrounded by four smaller boys leaping excitedly to reach for the headdress, all set within a scene of rockwork and pines continuing onto the reverse decorated with a flowering pomegranate branch laden with two heavy fruit bursting open and one unripe fruit, all beneath turquoise-ground borders containing double-seeded lotus scrolls enclosing four bats at the neck and simple lotus scrolls at the foot. 19.1cm (7½in) high

Footnotes

  • 清道光 粉彩松石綠地五子奪魁圖罐 礬紅「大清道光年製」篆書款

    Provenance: an English private collection

    來源:英國私人收藏

    The subject of five boys fighting for a helmet is a very popular motif in China meaning five boys competing for distinction, which symbolises the blessing for one's son to achieve outstanding results in the civil service examinations. Helmet (kui 魁) is a pun for 'leader', which also indicates first place in the Palace examination. The five boys refer to the children of Dou Yujun (竇禹鈞), the scholar, educator and official during the Five Dynasties period (907-960), whose eminent sons achieved remarkable success in the civil service examinations, earning him reverence as the ideal parent.

    Compare related Daoguang vases, but decorated with a ruby ground around the elongated neck and foot, such as one depicting children in a Dragon Boat Race, and another decorated with fruiting pomegranate trees, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Porcelains with Cloisonné Enamel Decoration and Famille-Rose Decoration, Hong Kong, 1999, pls.189 and 194.

    A famille rose bottle vase, Daoguang mark and period, similarly enamelled with four boys in a garden around an older boy wearing a gold official's cap holding a golden helmet over his head, was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong on 7 October 2010, lot 2162.
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