Chinese porcelain famille verte, wucai vase of rouleau form, painted with two magpies perched on a branch amongst flowering chrysanthemum and tropical leaves, beneath butterflies, dragonflies and other insects, mostly in pairs, beneath a wide band at the shoulder with Buddhist lion reserves, each with a ribbon-tied brocade ball on a geometric ground, beneath a single rib on the neck between bands of jewels, ruyi-head, keyfret, scrolls and lappets, with an upright galleried rim, the foot with a band of lappets, the base glazed white with underglaze blue double ring.

18 3/4 inches, 47.6 cm high.

Kangxi, 1662-1722.


A tiny flake chip to the outer edge of foot, tiny chip to the inner foot rim, otherwise in overall excellent condition.

Provenance & Additional Information

• From the collection of the Most hon. the Marquess of Lansdowne P. C.
• Sold by Sotheby’s London in their auction of Fine Chinese Export Porcelain, Enamels and Jades, 27th February 1973, lot 98, pp. 32, illustrated opposite.
• From the collection of T. Y. Chao (1912-1999).
• Sold by Sotheby’s Hong Kong in their auction of Chinese Art, 29th-30th November 2018, lot 313, p. 22.
• A similar rouleau vase from the Qing Court Collection with identical borders on the neck and above the foot, where the author also notes the dragonflies and unusual leaves, is illustrated by Wang Liying in Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, vol. 38, no. 66, p. 71.