A large famille rose relief decorated vase, Jiaqing
Lot 95*
A rare and large famille rose relief-decorated 'Spring festival' vase Jiaqing
Sold for £217,250 (US$ 365,158) inc. premium
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A rare and large famille rose relief-decorated 'Spring festival' vase Jiaqing
Lot Details
A rare and large famille rose relief-decorated 'Spring festival' vase
Jiaqing
The vase moulded and enamelled in rich shades of famille rose, green, blue, yellow and iron-red with a continuous scene depicting ladies at leisure, variously boating down a river while companions watch from over an arched bridge beneath bright prunus blossom, beside a pavilion built over the water in which ladies practise calligraphy leading onto a terrace where more ladies converse, play weiqi, practise divination from a yinyang symbol and play musical instruments, while on another terrace ladies gather in view of a single pink-robed man dangling a fly-whisk as a brightly-plumaged phoenix flies above wutong and willow trees, all between ruyi heads at the foot and rim. 84.6cm (33¼in) high

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  • 清嘉慶 粉彩浮雕慶春節圖瓶

    Provenance: a European private collection

    來源:歐洲私人收藏

    The present vase is similar in size and style of decoration to a famille rose vase, decorated in relief with children at play, Jiaqing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Porcelains with Cloisonné Enamel Decoration and Famille Rose Decoration, Hong Kong, 1999, pl.168. For another related famille rose vase, Jiaqing, with a descending phonix and boys in relief, see The Prime Cultural Relics Collected by Shenyang Imperial Palace Museum: Chinaware, vol.II, 2007, p.241. pl.6.

    The theme finely represented around the vase is that of Chunjie 春節, Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring festival. Compare a painting by Huang Juan (active 1630-1656), Women Enjoying the Spring Festival, dated 1636, illustrated by S.McCausland and L.Ling in Telling Images of China: Narrative and Figure Paintings 15th-20th Century from the Shanghai Museum, London, 2010, pl.13. The painting, similarly to the vase, depicts groups of court ladies engaged in leisurely pursuits including looking out from a veranda by the lakeside towards ladies in boats, conversing, and playing musical instruments.

    The vase is further illustrated with ladies playing weiqi, painting and looking at a scroll, which together with the scenes of playing zither, are known as the Four Arts of the Scholar (qin qi shu hua).
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