Chinese porcelain blue and white bottle vase, ping, with globular body and tall slender cylindrical neck with gently flared lipped rim, painted in a continuous scene with a pheasant standing on rock work amongst flowering peony, magnolia and prunus branches with sprays of bamboo, grasses and other plants, the reverse with a butterfly in flight, all beneath a triangular diaper band at the rim.

12 1/2 inches, 31.8 cm high.

Kangxi, circa 1710.


Available on request.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Purchased from H. R. Hancock & Sons, 3rd March 1967.
  • Formerly in the Bertil J. Högström Collection, Stockholm, Sweden, collection no. 11.
  • Included by Marchant in their exhibition The Bertil J. Högström Collection, Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain (1662-1772), 2011, no. 30, pp. 60-61.
  • Purchased from Marchant, London, 1st November 2011.
  • Formerly in the Roy Davids Collection, no. 85.
  • The peony, fuguihua, looks very similar to hibiscus, mufurong, on Chinese paintings and could therefore form the rebus, yiluronghua “may wealth and glory be yours all the way”; a similarly decorated lacquer box and cover, from The Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated by Terese Tse Bartholomew in Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art, no. 6.21.4, p. 149.
  • Published by Marchant in their exhibition of Kangxi Underglaze Blue & Copper Red, 2016, no. 33, pp. 102-103.