Chinese porcelain famille verte bottle vase with tall cylindrical neck and lipped rim, painted on the body with eight lappets, enclosing open-winged butterflies amongst prunus, peony, lotus, pinks, chrysanthemum and aster on a seed-green ground and four with large chrysanthemum flower heads which suspend different stylised lanterns enclosing a horse, bird and prunus, a sage and a bird and magnolia, all on geometric iron-red cross-hatch grounds, between further pendants of precious objects and lotus bud branches, the shoulder with bands of ruyi, keyfret, diaper and lotus petals, the neck with branches of lotus flowers beneath pendant tassels and jewels and a keyfret band at the rim, the base glazed white.

16 ½ inches, 41.9 cm high.

Kangxi, circa 1690.

Wood stand.



Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in a private English collection.
  • Sold by Sotheby’s, London in their auction of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 15th May 2013, lot no. 141, p. 108.
  • Included by Marchant in their exhibition of Chinese Ceramics Tang to Qing, 2014, no. 32, pp. 66-67.
  • Included by Marchant in their exhibition of Kangxi Famille Verte, 2017, no. 12, pp. 34-35.
  • Two other vases of this form are illustrated in Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours, The Complete collection of Treasures of The Palace Museum, Beijing, Vol. 38, nos. 75 & 76, pp. 82-83.
  • A vase of this form with similar lappets is illustrated by R.L. Hobson, C.B., in Catalogue of the Leonard Gow Collection of Chinese Porcelain, 1931, no. 129, pl. XXVI; two other related bottle vases are illustrated by Gorer in their catalogue of The Collection of Old Chinese Porcelains formed by Richard Bennett, Esq., Thornby Hall, Northampton, nos. 214 & 216.
  • The wide biscuit foot rim has a concave shape which indicates the vase is of 17th century manufacture.