Chinese porcelain blue and white bottle vase, ping, with baluster-form body, cylindrical ribbed neck, garlic-mouth and upright rim painted with a shaped panel of a scholar seated on a rocky promontory looking out at a mountainous landscape river scene, beside pine tree and wutong beneath migrating birds, the reverse with antiques, including a large vase containing a coral branch and peacock feathers, two tripod censers, a table screen, books, scrolls, a ribbon-tied ruyi-sceptre and a waterdropper resting on a leaf beneath a band of jewels and scrolls dividing the rib and a band of ruyi-heads beneath the rim.

10 7/8 inches, 27.8 cm high.

The base marked with the seal shun within a double ring, Kangxi, circa 1700.

  • Formerly in the Richard Bennett Collection, exhibited by Gorer, London, 1910, included in the Catalogue of the Collection Old Chinese Porcelains formed by Richard Bennett, Esq., Thornby Hall, Northampton, 20, p. 6.
  • Illustrated by R. L. Hobson in The Later Ceramic Wares of China, 1924, FIG. I, pl. XXIX.
  • Formerly in the Charles E. Russell Collection.
  • Included by The Earl of Lytton, Sir William Lllewellyn & Lawrence Binyon and is illustrated in the catalogue International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1935-6, 1791, p. 150, pl. 169.
  • Sold by Sotheby’s, London, in their auction Important Chinese Ceramics, Fine Jade and Hard Stones, The Property of the Late Charles Russell, 12th July 1960, lot. 165, p. 42.
  • Sold by Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London.
  • Formerly in the John Pullan Collection.
  • Sold by Spink & Son Ltd., London, and included in their exhibition Chinese Blue & White Porcelain, from the Pullan Collection, 1998, no. 43, p. 37.
  • Formerly in a private Dutch collection.
  • Purchased by Marchant, London, 24th September 2008.
  • Included by Marchant in their catalogue Recent Acquisitions, 2008, no. 48, pp. 106-107.
  • Formerly in the Roy Davids Collection, no. 30.
  • A brushpot and a jardinière with similar decoration, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated by Chen Run Min, Shunzhi and Kangxi Period Blue and White Porcelain, 2005, 207 & 323, pp. 314-315 & 498-499.
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