M3298

Chinese porcelain blue and white bombé censer, xianglu, with galleried rim and everted foot, painted on the exterior with the Three Star gods, Fuxing, the god of happiness, seated beside a Buddhist lion wearing a cap and long flowing robes, beside Luxing, the god of prosperity, seated beside a Buddhist lion, wearing an official hat and a ruyi-cloud waist band over his portly stomach, and Shoulao, the god of longevity, seated beside his deer, all between large characters, fu lu shou, above a ruyi-head band and beneath a triangular diaper on the galleried rim.

8 ½ inches, 21.8 cm diameter.

The base with a six-character mark of Xuande within a double ring in underglaze blue.

Kangxi, circa 1690.

 

  • From a Portuguese private collection.
  • Sold by Berwald, London, circa 2000.
  • A censer of similar form, painted with the eighteen Luohans, with a Kangxi reign mark and dated dedication corresponding to 1695 in the Shanghai Museum Collection, is illustrated by Wang Qingzheng in Underglaze Blue & Red, no. 114, p. 118.
  • A blue and white censer with four seated Luohans and the four characters, a mi tuo fo, was included by Marchant in their exhibition of Imperial Chinese Porcelain, Ceramics & Works of Art, 2013, no. 11,
  1. 26/7.
  • The three figures and the three characters form the rebus fulushou sanxing, ‘may you have long life, prosperity and happiness.’

£35,000

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