Chinese porcelain fencai, famille rose jardinière of circular deep form with flat everted rim, painted on the exterior in a continuous scene with Zhong Kui, the Demon Queller, riding a piebald horse beside his attendant carrying a chest and wrapped qin, while accompanying his sister, Mei’er, to her wedding, she is seated and being pushed in a wheeled sedan chair, beneath overhanging willow and beside rockwork, beneath the moon and clouds, the base unglazed with an ink three-character mark.
9 ¼ inches, 23.5 cm diameter; 6 ¾ inches, 17.2 cm high.
Yongzheng period, 1723-1735.
粉彩鍾馗嫁妹圖花盆 清雍正 唐紹儀舊藏
Overall excellent condition, a few small glaze flakes with some retouched.
Provenance & Additional Information
• Formerly in the collection of Tang Shaoyi (1862-1938), the first prime minister of the Republic of China, and thence by descent.
• A similarly painted larger jardinière with identical enamels also dated to the Yongzheng period was sold by Christie’s London in their auction of Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 14th June 1982, lot 58, p. 35, and is also illustrated by Anthony du Boulay in Christie’s Pictorial History of Chinese Ceramics, p. 226, no. 2.