• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1928

    A FINE FAMILLE ROSE 'ZHONG KUI' VASE

    Price Realised  

    A FINE FAMILLE ROSE 'ZHONG KUI' VASE
    REPUBLIC PERIOD (1912-1949)

    Of cylindrical form with a short waisted neck before a sharply angled mouth rim, finely enamelled on the tapered slender sides with a figure of Zhong Kui, characteristically portrayed with a bushy beard, wearing boots and dressed in his distinctive red robe, both hands clutching a sword fastened to one side of his waist, his body leaning slightly forward in an alert stance, standing on a verdent ground before a rocky work boulder in the distant, the base enamelled with an iron-red hallmark, Dadetang Zhi, 'Made for the Dadetang', within a square
    13 3/4 in. (35 cm.) high


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    It is possible that the hallmark belongs to Zhang Yufan who was active during the 1930s. Although no published information exists on Zhang, the hallmark style compares well to marks appearing on two vases of the same period, the first bearing a Yonghuatang Zhi hallmark and signed by Liu Xiren; and the other with a Hongxian mark and bearing the signature of Wang Dachang. Both vases are published by S. Kwan, Brush and Clay, Chinese Porcelain of the Early 20th Century, Hong Kong, 1990, nos. 111 and 112.

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