A pair of important and massive ormolu-mounted Chinese Imari armorial beaker vases, gu Circa 1715-1720, the European ormolu mounts probably first half 19th century
Lot 102
A pair of important and massive ormolu-mounted Chinese Imari armorial beaker vases, gu
Circa 1715-1720, the European ormolu mounts probably first half 19th century
£60,000 - 80,000
US$ 98,000 - 130,000
amended

Lot Details
A pair of important and massive ormolu-mounted Chinese Imari armorial beaker vases, gu Circa 1715-1720, the European ormolu mounts probably first half 19th century A pair of important and massive ormolu-mounted Chinese Imari armorial beaker vases, gu Circa 1715-1720, the European ormolu mounts probably first half 19th century A pair of important and massive ormolu-mounted Chinese Imari armorial beaker vases, gu Circa 1715-1720, the European ormolu mounts probably first half 19th century A pair of important and massive ormolu-mounted Chinese Imari armorial beaker vases, gu Circa 1715-1720, the European ormolu mounts probably first half 19th century A pair of important and massive ormolu-mounted Chinese Imari armorial beaker vases, gu Circa 1715-1720, the European ormolu mounts probably first half 19th century
A pair of important and massive ormolu-mounted Chinese Imari armorial beaker vases, gu
Circa 1715-1720, the European ormolu mounts probably first half 19th century
The imposing vases each with a projecting middle section, surmounted by a tall flaring neck with a trumpet-shaped mouth, all supported on a corresponding tall spreading foot, decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and grisaille and gilt, the central section decorated on each of the four sides with the joint coat of arms framed by an acanthus scroll and two cherub faces surmounted by a coronet, each arms flanked by composite floral sprays including blossoming peony, chrysanthemum, lotus, pomegranate and hydrangea, the shoulders of the mid-section with ruyi-head and lozenge borders, the neck of one vase with a fenced garden, the columns surmounted by mythical beasts guardians, the garden enclosing plantain, bursting pomegranate, flowering peony, lotus, and aster all amidst rockwork below cloud scrolls, the other vase similarly decorated on the upper section with a fenced garden enclosing the 'Three Friends of Winter', pine, prunus and bamboo, the lower section on each vase with large sprays of lotus and peony flowers issuing from rockwork, each decorative section framed by a narrow border enclosing flower sprays on red-seeded ground, the interior mouth rims with a narrow floral border, each with a pair of striking ormolu mounted handles, formed as a glaring satyr head set on the projecting section, issuing two intertwined grooved foliate branches curling over the 'pie-crust' ormolu rim, each with metal liner and pair of ormolu-mounted gilt-wood stands. Including ormolu, each 106cm (41 3/4in) high (6).

Footnotes

  • 約1715-1720年 中國伊萬里青花礬紅描金花卉徽章紋大花觚一對

    此器的歐洲鎏金鑲邊或十九世紀上半期。

    Provenance: a European private collection

    來源:歐洲私人收藏

    The arms on this impressive pair have been variously identified as either those of Vergèzes d'Ausbussargues of Languedoc and De la Perrière, Franche-Comté or as those of on the right hand side of Pepin de La Grimaudais from Brittany (for the latter see A.Lebel, French and Swiss Armorials on Chinese Export Porcelain of the 18th Century, Brussels, 2009, p.186). The joint representation would signify an important union of the two families in marriage.

    Only a handful of pieces bearing these coats of arms are known. In addition to the present lot, a similar pair of massive Chinese Imari beaker vases, was sold by Christie's New York on 20-21 March 1997, lot 396, probably the same pair included in the exhibition Important Chinese Export Porcelain and Works of Art, The Chinese Porcelain Company, 11-30 May 1998, no.31; see also a bowl bearing the same arms, which was sold at Christie's London on 13 November 2001, lot 271; and a dish illustrated by A.Lebel, ibid., p.186.

    The magnificent pair of vases is similar in design and form to two beaker vases specially commissioned for Philippe d'Orleans, Regent of France from 1715-1723 during the reign of Louis XV, bearing his coat of arms. A single vase in the Musée du Louvre, Paris, is illustrated by M.Beurdeley in Porcelain of the East India Companies, London, 1962, pl.xx, p.105; and another is in the British Royal Collection, acquired by George IV in 1817 when Prince Regent (collection ref.no. RCIN 204).

    With the exception of the arms, the overall design of the present vases is nearly identical to the pair commissioned for the Regent of France, thus closely linking these vases to a special order to a particular Jingdezhen workshop at much the same time. This similarity further suggests a personal relationship between the Noble families whose coat of arms adorn the vases and the Regent of France.

    The impressive French ormolu mounts probably date to the first half of the 19th century.

    We would like to thank Dr Jochem Kroes and Prof. Francesco Morena for their assistance in identifying the coats of arms.

Saleroom notices

  • Further research has shown that a near identical beaker vase bearing the same coats of arms is in the British Royal Collection. The Royal Collection vase was acquired for King George IV whilst Prince Regent in 1817 and is now in the Chinese Dining Room at Buckingham Palace. It is illustrated by D.Souden, L.Worsley and B.Dolman in The Royal Palaces of London, London, 2008, p.198.
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