A FAMILLE ROSE 'BUTTERFLY' VASE
A FAMILLE ROSE 'BUTTERFLY' VASE
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A FAMILLE ROSE 'BUTTERFLY' VASE

GUANGXU SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN IRON RED AND OF THE PERIOD (1875-1908)

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A FAMILLE ROSE 'BUTTERFLY' VASE
GUANGXU SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN IRON RED AND OF THE PERIOD (1875-1908)
The bulbous body and tall, waisted neck are decorated with a multitude of butterflies separated by a gilt-bordered band of lotus sprays and gilt xi characters on the shoulder.
15 3/8 in. (39 cm.) high

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Lot Essay

Butterflies are a symbol of happiness and also longevity. Similar Guangxu-marked vases are illustrated in Imperial Porcelain of late Qing from the Kwan Collection, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Art Gallery, Hong Kong, 1983, p. 133, no. 140; by G. Avitabile, From the Dragons' Treasure: Chinese Porcelain from the 19th and 20th Centuries in the Weishaupt Collection, London, 1987, p. 91, no. 126; and by H. A. Van Oort, Chinese Porcelain of the 19th and 20th Centuries, the Netherlands, 1977, pl. 104. Compare, also, the vase sold at Christie's New York, 18-19 September 2014, lot 968.

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