Chinese porcelain famille verte rouleau vase with high shoulder and galleried rim, painted on the body with twelve rectangular panels with chamfered corners of two boys holding baskets amongst rockwork; fisherman in a mountainous river landscape; “golden pheasant” standing on rockwork amongst peony and magnolia, “100 antiques”, qilin galloping amongst rocks; chickens beneath prunus; geese beside a river; deer amongst pine and rockwork; butterflies and insects in flight; horses grazing amongst rockwork; tiger looking up at a dragon in the sky in pursuit of a flaming pearl; a phoenix bird beside ducks and other birds looking back at a pair of cranes beneath wutong, interspersed between oval panels drawn within branches depicting flowers alluding to the twelve months, all on a seed-green ground with flower heads above a lotus leaf band, the shoulder with four shou-character reserves on a diaper band, the neck with two panels of a scholar standing beside a bridge in a mountainous river landscape beneath the sun and clouds and a night scene with an equestrian scholar being followed by his attendant in a mountainous river landscape, all on a hexagonal diaper ground with circular floral reserves. The base glazed white with a double-ring in underglaze blue.

18 inches, 45.8 cm high.

Kangxi, circa 1700.



Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in the Weetman Dickinson Pearson Collection. Weetman Dickinson Pearson (1856-1927), the 1st Viscount Cowdry, was a famous oil industrialist and owner of the Pearson Conglomerate, Liberal MP for Colchester (1895-1910) and keen philanthropist. His business extended to South America where he was central to the expansion of Mexico City while doing other major works in both Ecuador and Colombia. His other business projects included building the Blackwall Tunnel in London and East River Tunnels in New York as well as the discovery of one of the world’s largest oil fields in Mexico. In 1909, Lord Cowdry purchased Dunecht House, a stately mansion in which he employed Ashton Webb to decorate and furnish and where this vase remained for over a century.
  • A famille verte rouleau with rectangular panels on a similar seed green ground, from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, formerly in the collection of R. May, acquired by the state in 1944 and transferred to the museum in 1946, is illustrated by Christiaan J.A. Jörg in Famille Verte, Chinese Porcelain in Green Enamels, no. 78, p. 78; another, from the S.E. Kennedy Collection with shaped panels on a similar ground is illustrated by R.L. Hobson, C.B., in Catalogue of the Leonard Gow Collection of Chinese Porcelain, 1931, no. 133, pl. XXVII.
  • Included by Marchant in their exhibition of Important Chinese Porcelain from Private Collections, 2012, no. 21, pp. 54-55.
  • Included by Marchant in their exhibition of Kangxi Famille Verte, 2017, no. 22, pp. 60-63.