Chinese porcelain blue and white tall beaker vase of gu form, painted on the upper section with seated scholars, two playing weiqi beside a wrapped qin and books, while another holds up a flowerform fan, with two other scholars, one kneeling while playing a qin between two others, one holding a letter, the other a fan, with an attendant close by bringing a covered box, three of the scholars’ robes with elaborate design, all amongst “v”-shape grass in a fenced continuous landscape scene with plantain, pierced rockwork, bamboo and a cloud bank beneath the sun, and between anhua bands of scrolling branch and a triangular diaper, the central band with blue ground lozenge panels painted in reverse technique with lotus flowers and branches and round medallions, above a band of leaves, the unglazed base revealing the biscuit body.  

18 5/8 inches, 47.3 cm high. 

Transitional, circa 1635-1640. 



Provenance & Additional Information

  • From the collection of a titled French family.  
  • A similar vase from the Butler Family Collection is illstrated by Sir Michael Butler in Late Ming, Chinese Porcelain from the Butler Collections, Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art, Luxembourg, 2008, no. 80, p. 119.