A pair of Chinese porcelain rouleau vases with cylindrical body, high shoulder and galleried rim, each painted with two rectangular panels enclosing Zhang Qian seated on his dragon-form log raft delivering a scroll to a lady at the window of a raised building, the reverse panel with a pair of geese amongst rockwork and reeds looking up at another in flight between the water’s edge, the sides with fan and lozenge shaped panels of plants, shrimp and a white hare, all on a rich luminous powder blue ground.

10 ¼ inches, 26.1 cm high.

Kangxi, circa 1700.


Available on request.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • One formerly in the collection of Bertil J. Högström, Stockholm, Sweden, collection no. 14.
  • Purchased from Victoria Lindström, Stockholm, Sweden, 15thFebruary 1968.
  • Formerly in the E.G. Kostolany Collection.
  • The other formerly in an English private collection, with label Bluett & Sons, London.
  • With an accompanying letter to Mr. Högström from Craig Clunas, Assistant Keeper, Far Eastern Department, Victoria & Albert Museum, 29th June 1984 in which Clunas discussed Zhang Qian who was a historical figure in the 2nd Century B.C. and travelled as an emissary of the Han dynasty emperor Wu Di.
  • A garniture containing a pair of powder blue ground rouleau vases decorated with panels, formerly in the collection of Andringa de Kempenaer transferred to the Rijksmuseum in 1954 is illustrated by Christiaan J.A. Jorg in Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, no. 152, pp. 142/3.
  • For an almost identical pair, see Chinese Blue and White Porcelain from the Pullan Collection, exhibited by Spink, November 1998, colour plate 52.