• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1359

    A RARE BLUE AND WHITE BEAKER VASE

    TRANSITIONAL PERIOD, CHONGZHEN (1628-1644)

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    A RARE BLUE AND WHITE BEAKER VASE
    TRANSITIONAL PERIOD, CHONGZHEN (1628-1644)
    Finely painted on the neck with a cockerel standing on a rock flanked by magnolia and peony, with butterflies on the reverse, the center section with foliate medallions and shou characters and the lower section with pendent leaf tips, all within incised anhua borders
    17¾ in. (45.2 cm.) high


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    The symbolism of the decoration on the neck represents the rebus, shi shang da ji ('may enormous good fortune come to your family'). A slightly smaller (43.1 cm.) blue and white vase of the same form with nearly identical decoration, in the collection of the Palace Museum, is illustrated in Qing Shunzi Kangxi Zhao Qinghua Ci, Beijing, 2005, no. 54.

    Literature

    The Asian Art Week, celebrating the exhibition at Kensington Palace, illustrated on the cover, circa 2000.