Pair of Chinese porcelain famille rose, fencai, square tapered vases and stands, painted on the facets with eight different scenes, comprised of a General in conversation with two dignitaries at a city wall, three ladies beside a table, a young couple with a child, and a lady and gentleman walking beside a fence, the other vase with two smiling men dancing, holding fans meeting a young figure with a sword tied to his back, a monk seated on a mat beside a lady and attendant, a scholar in landscape with attendant and boy and a couple on either side of a long table, all beneath the sloping shoulders, with pink flowerheads and leaves on a lemon yellow ground, beneath butterflies on the neck and a crenulated band on the flat square rim, the stands decorated with a turquoise and yellow enamelled ground with stylised flowers and a triangular iron-red diaper on the flat rim.
12 ⅞ inches, 32.8 cm total height.
- Published by Marchant in their 90th Anniversary Exhibition, Qing Porcelain, 2015, no. 32.
- From the Mrs A. Arts collection.
- A fencai vase of identical form in the Qing Court Collection is illustrated by Yang Xin in, Porcelains with Cloisonné Enamel Decoration and Famille Rose Decoration, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Beijing, Vol. 39, no. 49, p. 59.
- A similar pair with stands, decorated with figural panels was included by Sotheby’s Monaco in their auction of Belle Collection de Porcelaines de Chine d’Émaux Cloisonnés et de Sculptures en corail, 4th March 1984, lot 215, p. 132; another pair with identical stands and shoulder decoration, painted with precious objects and flowers, by repute from the collection of Basil & Nellie Ionides, Buxted Park, East Sussex, were sold by Christie’s London in their auction of Chinese Ceramics and Chinese Export Ceramics and Works of Art, 12th November 2002, lot 118, p. 123; another pair without stands was sold by Sotheby’s London in their auction of Chinese Decorative Arts and Export Porcelain, 1st November 1988, lot 699.