Chinese famille verte large biscuit porcelain seated figure of an empress, wearing elaborately decorated robes with shou characters amongst flowering lotus on scrolling branches of leaves, each character supported as a bloom on an even, bright yellow glaze, her hands clasped under a ceremonial cloth with a central phoenix bird representing the empress and supporting a fruiting peach group with leaves, her moulded neck collar in relief with aubergine leaves and her elaborate head dress with high relief birds.

11 ½ inches, 29.2 cm high.

Early Kangxi, circa 1680.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Sold by Sotheby’s New York in their auction of Fine Chinese Ceramics, Furniture and Works of Art, 31st May and 1st June 1994, lot 365, colour page opposite.
  • From the collection of Ann and Gordon Getty.
  • A larger figure of the god of wealth from the Bequest of John D. Rockefeller Junior of similar style is illustrated by Suzanne G. Valenstein in A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 33, colour page opposite.


Wing tips and tail feathers on headdress retouched, front leaves on peach bouquet restored.