London, South Kensington
16 May 2014
A FAMILLE ROSE OVOID VASE
It is decorated with a continuous scene of a lady accompanied by an attendant holding a fan, beside a willow trees in a fenced garden. It is inscribed reading "yuzhi tianxiashi, xudu gujinshu", that may be translated as "One should read all the books written in the past and present in pursuit of knowledge of the entire universe". With an apocryphal Qianlong four-character mark to the base.
7 in. (17.8 cm.) high
Formerly in the Weishapt Collection.
Sotheby's Amsterdam, 11 November 1997.
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Illustrated in Avitabile, G. Vom Shatz der Drachen, From the Dragon's Treasure, Chinese Porcelain of the 19th and 20th centuries in the Weishaupt Collection, van Oort, H.A., London, 1987, no. 198, p148.
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