24 March 2004
THE PROPERTY OF A NEW YORK COLLECTOR
A PAIR OF FAMILLE VERTE AND GILT-DECORATED POWDER-BLUE-GROUND ROULEAU VASES
KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722)
Each well painted in famille verte enamels on two sides with a rectangular panel depicting a bird perched on a blossoming prunus branch and a camellia branch issuing from the side, reserved on a ground of gilt lotus scroll which also frames two smaller rectangular panels of flowering branches or bamboo painted in gilding, all below diaper bands on the shoulder and neck and all reserved on the powder-blue ground
17¼ and 16 7/8 in. (43.8 and 42.9 cm.) high (2)
Jakob Goldschmidt, Berlin and New York.
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Ausstellung Chinesische Kunst, Berlin, 12 January-2 April 1929, no. 875.
A very similar vase is illustrated in Mayuyama, Seventy Years, vol. 1, Tokyo, 1976, p. 345, no. 1034. See, also, the pair from the Cleveland Museum of Art sold in these rooms, 21 September 2000, lot 330.
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