Large pair of Chinese famille verte biscuit porcelain, sancai lotus-pod form pyramid scroll weights, zhizhen, each consisting of large lotus pods stacked amongst lotus leaves and branches with green glazed relief steepled flat ends and yellow glaze bodies, one with a small pod issuing from leaves at the top, all on quadrifoliate lobed integral stands splashed in yellow, green and aubergine, with a flat everted ridge edge and green rim, the bases unglazed.
7 ⅞ inches, 20 cm high.
Early Kangxi, circa 1680.
Provenance & Additional Information
- From an important French private collection formed between 1924 and 1941.
- Sold by Galerie Georges Petit, 8 rue de Sèze, Paris, 1st April 1925.
- The one with a small pod at the top is in the first cabinet illustration in The Collection de F. Allard, Céramique de la Chine.
- The lotus seedpod lianfang is particularly auspicious as its seed-bearing stage comes earlier than other plants, it represents fertility and would be a special wedding gift as a wish for the couple to have many children.
One with top three leaf chips restored and four other leaf chips restored, one pod with two chips and pod with nibbles restored, the other with six leaf chips restored, two pod chips restored and other minor chips re-touched.