CATALOGUE NUMBER 0139
FAMILLE VERTE BALUSTER VASE
KANGXI PERIOD (1661-1722)
Height: 17 ¾ inches
Marchant, Ltd., London, 1998
Collection of General Brayton Ives and Wilson P. Fogg, New York
Frank Partridge, A Collection of Old Chinese Porcelain, 1933, no. 43, illus.
S. Marchant & Son, Two Hundred Years of Chinese Porcelain, 1522- 1722, London, 1998, no. 51, illus.
A famille verte baluster vase painted on the body with 18 interlocking petal-shaped panels in three horizontal bands, each enclosing mythical beasts, birds, deer, tigers, and leopards in landscapes or floral scenes, all below a narrow band of floral lozenge diaper enriched with three panels of deer, tigers, and squirrels, the horizontally ribbed neck with three panels enclosing a bird flying above two hares, butterflies above flowering asters, and a standing two-horned kylin beneath a flowering tree. Background: The remarkable quality of the painting, the generous use of gold for the detail and subject matter full of symbolic meaning suggest that this piece was destined for a Chinese person of wealth.