10 May 2016
A MASSIVE PAIR OF FAMILLE ROSE 'WATER MARGIN' VASES
DAOGUANG PERIOD (1821-1850)
Each vase is elaborately decorated with scenes from the story of The Water Margin, one side illustrating an outdoor battle scene and the other side depicting characters meeting in the hall of Zhongyi (Loyalty and Righteousness). Many of the characters can be identified by the inscribed plaques attached to their robes, such as Lu Junyi, Wu Yong, Li Jun, Shi En, Li Wu, Shi Jin, and Xuan Zan. There are gilt-decorated dragons to the shoulder, with handles modelled as Buddhist lions to the neck. The foliate mouth flares outwards to reveal colourful flowers decorating the interior.
54 ½ in. (138.5 cm.) high
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