A rare large famille rose 'hundred boys' basin Jiaqing seal mark and of the period
Lot 182*
A rare large famille rose 'hundred boys' basin
Jiaqing seal mark and of the period
£70,000 - 100,000
US$ 120,000 - 170,000
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A rare large famille rose 'hundred boys' basin Jiaqing seal mark and of the period A rare large famille rose 'hundred boys' basin Jiaqing seal mark and of the period
Lot Details
A rare large famille rose 'hundred boys' basin
Jiaqing seal mark and of the period
The deep basin decorated in the well with a dignitary riding a blue qilin and carrying a small boy in his arms, accompanied by two older boys with flags and another with a parasol, all encircled by a continuous procession of boys in celebration variously bearing parasols, banners and standards suspending auspicious fruit and a ruyi sceptre, others waving models of a Buddhist lion, an elephant and various fish behind further boys holding aloft a dragon and a pearl while crossing a bridge, the flattened rim decorated with four gilt shou characters alternating with four lotus blossoms issuing from foliate scrolls bearing peaches against a green ground, the exterior with three different lotus blossoms on leafy scrolls against a turquoise ground. 37.5cm (14½in) diam.

Footnotes

  • 清嘉慶 粉彩百子圖盆 礬紅「大清嘉慶年製」篆書款

    The lively and amusing scene on this large basin represents a joyful procession to celebrate the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year. Such busy and colourful processions became popular in the Qianlong period, and continued to be produced throughout the Jiaqing and Daoguang reigns. For examples of such scenes from the Qianlong reign, see The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Porcelains with Cloisonne Enamel Decoration and Famille Rose Decoration, Hong Kong, 1999, nos.121, 128 and 132. A much larger and moulded vase dated to the Jiaqing period is illustrated, ibid., no.168.

    Vessels with such processional scenes take full advantage of the cylindrical exterior of a vase or the interior of a basin (as on the present lot) to depict a continuous scene full of life and action. The depiction of numerous boys expresses hope for the future and the continuity of the generations. Vessels such as the present lot thus reflect on porcelain and enamels both the joyful and noisy atmosphere of the annual festival celebrating youth and vigour as well as reinforcing a sense of continuity and the rotation of the seasons and life.

    For an example of a Jiaqing basin of similar form but with lotus scrolls around the interior walls surrounding a scene of boys in the well, see ibid., no.175.
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