A famille rose ruby-ground three-piece garniture Yongzheng
Lot 85
A famille rose ruby-ground three-piece garniture Yongzheng
£20,000 - 25,000
US$ 31,000 - 39,000

Lot Details
A famille rose ruby-ground three-piece garniture
Yongzheng
Comprising a pair of baluster vases and covers and a flaring gu vase, the vases each with two fruit-shaped cartouches on a ruby ground each enclosing a cockerel standing proudly on rockwork beside leafy peony and aster, above a leaf-shaped cartouche containing opening buds, alternating with pairs of two crossing cartouches, the horizontal fan-shaped cartouche with a scene of a boat on a river and the vertical scroll-shaped cartouche with a long-beaked bird on a perched on a peony branch, the ruby ground scattered with yellow, white and blue chrysanthemum blossoms, the covers with four floral lobed cartouches beneath a lotus finial, the flaring gu vase similarly enamelled with cockerel, floral, landscape and bird cartouches, the three vessels with three related green-ground geometric bands, slightly differing in design. The vases and covers overall 44.2cm (17 3/8in) high (5).

Footnotes

  • 清雍正 粉彩胭脂紅地開光花鳥雞紋蓋罐兩件及筒觚一件

    The cockerel, 公雞 gongji, symbolises a duke, 公 gong, and is also an auspicious symbol for luck, 大吉 daji. A very similar vase with a ruby ground and cockerels in the Wantage Collection is illustrated by R.L.Hobson, Chinese Pottery and Porcelain, Vol.II, London, 1915, pl.121, fig.3. See also a pair of baluster vases and covers in the Taft Collection illustrated by E.J.Sullivan (ed.), The Taft Museum: Its History and Collections, Vol. II, New York, 1995, p.679, nos.1931.178, 182.

    Vases of this type were extremely popular with late 19th and early 20th century collectors as they seemed at the time to epitomise the height of rich colourful pink enamelling at the earliest time this revolutionary mineral combination was introduced to the Chinese palette. It is therefore very interesting to record that a number of vases of this kind were part of the legendary Victorian collection formed by the Conservative Member of Parliament Alfred Morrison, and displayed at his imposing country house Fonthill in Wiltshire. Many of the finest pieces of 18th century porcelain in this collection are believed to have been acquired from the Summer Palace artefacts brought back to Europe after 1860. This therefore leads some specialists to believe that vases of this kind are actually closer to Imperial taste than one might expect, given their lack of a reign mark.
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