Lot 1022
  • 1022

A Chinese famille-verte vase Qing dynasty, Kangxi period

5,000 - 7,000 USD
13,750 USD
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  • porcelain
  • height 18 7/8  in.; 48 cm
the waisted body supported on a splayed foot rising to a rounded shoulder, painted with poets and literati drinking wine from cups flowing down a winding river and engaging in variously scholarly activities, now mounted as a lamp

Catalogue Note

The scene depicted here is from Lantingji Xu, or the 'Preface to the Gathering at the Orchid Pavillion'. A calligraphy masterpiece by the renowned Jin Dynasty calligrapher Wang Xizhi, the work describes a gathering of forty-two literati during late spring of the year 353 AD (9th year of Emperor Yonghe), where each challenged the others to a drinking game. Wine cups were floated down the river, and whenever a cup stopped in front of a scholar, he should either compose a poem or drink the wine. 
A rouleau vase depicting the same subject is in the collection of the Palace Museum, and illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours, Hong Kong, 1999, cat. no. 68.