Chinese porcelain famille verte, wucai baluster vase of Guanyin form with tall flaring neck, painted on the entire body with an abundance of flowers and foliage including iron-red tree peony and a long gnarled prunus tree, tall leafy branches of bamboo, pine, grasses and elaborate leaves, amongst pierced rockwork with a butterfly in flight, all beneath a ruyi-head band at the rim, the base glazed white with a double ring in underglaze blue.
17 ¼ inches, 43.8 cm high.
Kangxi, circa 1700.
Condition: excellent, minute flakes to blue enamel.
- From the collection of a titled Italian family.
- Vases of this design are very rare. It is particularly unusual for the design to continue over the shoulder and up towards the rim.
- A vase of similar form and size in the Qing Court collection also painted with an abundance of foliage amongst rockwork and a pheasant, with a similar ruyi–head band dividing the neck, is illustrated in Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colors, The Complete Collection of Treasures in the Palace Museum, Beijing, vol. 38, no. 74, p. 81.