Sotheby's New York, 1st/2nd December 1992, lot 167.
The Mandel Collection.
Christie's Hong Kong, 30th May 2012, lot 3910.
Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, Florida, exhibited on loan, 2007-2012.
Compare a closely related example in the Pierre Uldry collection, included in the exhibition Chinesisches Cloisonné. Die Sammlung Pierre Uldry, Rietberg Museum, Zurich, 1985, cat. no. 322; two sold at Christie’s Paris, one from the Juan Jose Amezaga et Maria Dolores Feijoo collection, 7th December 2007, lot 38, and the other, 9th June 2015, lot 58; another sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 30th May 2018, lot 3039; and a fifth example, sold at Christie’s London, 5th December 1994, lot 258. See also a related basin, but the exterior predominantly decorated in white, from the Avery Brundage collection and now in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, included in the exhibition Cloisonné. Chinese Enamels from the Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties, the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, New York, 2011, cat. no. 113; and another from the C. Ruxton and Audrey B. Love collection, sold at Christie’s New York, 20th October 2004, lot 611.
The dazzling scenes on the present vessel are rich in auspicious symbolism. The idyllic landscapes on the exterior depicting cranes (lu), deer (he), and gnarled pine trees, all popular emblems of long life, create the phrase helu tongchun (May husband and wife enjoy longevity together); while the interior scene of boldly coloured fish (yu), a symbol of abundance, swimming in water (shui) form the rebus yushui hexie (May you be as harmonious as fish and water).
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