A pair of Chinese porcelain famille verte bottle vases with ovoid bodies, garlic topped slender necks and flared rims, each painted with four panels; peony and butterflies with insects, chrysanthemum with butterflies and insects, alternating with panels of ‘hundred antiques’ including; vases, censers, books, wrapped qin, weiqi board and counter holders and ruyi sceptre, the shoulders with band of hexagonal diaper beneath a ruyi headband, above flowers on a seed green ground, the garlic mouths with lappets and an iron-red ground mallow flowerhead band at the rim.

10 1/2 inches, 26.6 cm high.

Kangxi 1662-1722.


One with a minute mouth rim nibble, a tiny inner foot nibble and a short line on the foot rim possibly from a foot knock.
The other with a tiny foot nibble and a line on the foot rim possibly from a foot knock.
Both with some firing imperfections.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Sold by Sotheby’s, London in their auction of Fine Chinese Export Porcelain, 26th June 1979, lot no. 89, pp. 32-33.
  • Formerly in a distinguished Belgian private collection.
  • A blue and white vase with enamel of similar form is illustrated by  S.W Bushell, M.D. in Oriental Ceramic Art Illustrated by Examples from the Collection of W.T. Walters, plate LXII, p. 385.