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    Sale 2389

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1702

    A FINE FAMILLE VERTE ROULEAU VASE

    Price Realised  

    A FINE FAMILLE VERTE ROULEAU VASE
    KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722)

    Finely enamelled in vivid colours and gilded to depict a continuous scene with a warrior, a vase in his arms, fleeing from a dignitary seated on a high terrace, flanked by armed guards, a ground of soldiers standing to one side, the reverse with a figure and two horses partially concealed by overhanging rockwork, the shoulders encircled by a band of iron-red blooms reserved on a ground of dense scrollwork, between yellow line borders, the neck freely painted with bamboo and flowers growing from rockwork
    18½ in. (47 cm.) high. box


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    Previously sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 15 May, 1990, lot 210.

    The present vase is remarkable for its excellent quality of painting. The scene illustrated on this vase is probably inspired by the popular Chinese classical novel Sanguo Yanyi, 'The Romance of the Three Kingdoms'. The novel recalls the collapse of the Eastern Han dynasty when China splintered into separate states battling for political supremacy. It recounts the efforts of a member of the Han Imperial house, Liu Bei, who heroically attempted to reunite a divided country. Liu Bei formed an alliance with Guan Yu (later deified as Guandi, the Daoist god of war) and together they fought against Cao Cao, the ruler of the State of Wei who seized control of north China. For further reading on the subject, refer to the article by D.T. Johnson, Narrative Themes on Kangxi Porcelains in the Taft Museum, Orientations, August, 1993, pp.31-36.

    A famille verte rouleau vase of this form, depicting an identical scene was sold at Christie's London, 13 November 2001, lot 231.

    Provenance

    T.Y. Chao Collection sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 19 May 1987, lot 305


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE ASIAN COLLECTOR