• Chinese Ceramics & Works of Ar auction at Christies

    Sale 5944

    Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art

    10 September 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 88

    A BLUE AND WHITE ROULEAU VASE, KANGXI (1662-1722)

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    A BLUE AND WHITE ROULEAU VASE, KANGXI (1662-1722)
    the body painted in vibrant blue with an elaborate scaly dragon amongst cloud scrolls chasing a flaming pearl, above a large carp leaping out of crashing waves beside two further fish and rockwork -- 17¼in. (44cm.) high.


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    According to Chinese legend, the yellow river carp travelled upstream to overcome the rapids of the Lung-Men (Dragon Gate), where they were magically transformed into glorious dragons. This became a metaphor for young scholars working to pass the civil service exams to become a high official. The motif is considered a favourite of the Kangxi Emperor who had a keen interest in learning and reorganized the Academy to allow young talents the opportunity to sit the exams.

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