Chinese porcelain blue and white bottle vase with tall cylindrical flaring neck and globular rounded body, painted in a continuous scene with a seated cat looking up at butterflies in flight amongst leaves, aster, see-through rockwork and grass beneath the sun, the shoulder with a band of flowerheads and leaves, the neck painted with a bifid tailed chilong dragon amongst branches of scrolling lotus with wan characters, all between underglaze blue double lines.

14 ¼ inches, 36.2 cm high.

Transitional, Chongzhen, circa 1630-1640.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • From the collection of Sir Andrew Fountaine, sold by Sotheby’s London in their auction of Fine Chinese Export Porcelain, Enamels and Jades, 27th February 1973, lot 22.
  • Formerly in the collection of Richard Chester-Master.
  • A bottle vase of similar form painted with four figures is illustrated by Sir Michael Butler in Seventeenth Century Chinese Porcelain from the Butler Family Collection, no. 40, p. 81.
  • The cat, mao, and the butterfly, die, together symbolise a wish for long life as the butterfly, die, symbolises ages 70 to 80 and the cat, mao, symbolises the wish for ages 80 to 90, therefore anything with this design would be a very suitable birthday gift.


Excellent condition