19 September 2007
A FAMILLE VERTE ROULEAU VASE
KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722)
The sides decorated with a scene of four scholars in a pavilion set amidst trees being served wine by an attendant as they watch Shoulao holding a ruyi scepter while seated astride a crane in flight amidst trailing clouds, with monster mask terminals at the tips of the pavilion roofs, below a diaper band on the shoulder and boatmen in a river landscape on the neck, with gilt highlights
17¾ in. (45 cm.) high, wood stand
Acquired by Mrs. J. B. Trevor from Duveen Brothers, New York, March 1915.
Emily Trevor, New York.
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Catalogue of the Morgan Collection of Chinese Porcelains, vol. 2, New York, 1904, p. 60, no. 1205.
This vase would have made an appropriate birthday gift as the decoration conveys wishes for a long life. Shoulao with a crane expresses a wish for longevity, as both symbolize longevity. And Shoulao holding a ruyi scepter represents the rebus, 'May you be granted long life'.
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