3684
3684
A CARVED IVORY 'BOYS' VASE
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
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3684
A CARVED IVORY 'BOYS' VASE
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
JUMP TO LOT

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A CARVED IVORY 'BOYS' VASE
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
the tapering sides decorated with a band of archaistic geometric scrolls above lappets around the foot and a ruyi band to the shoulders, the waisted neck with stiff plantain leaves flanked by a pair of animal mask handles suspending loose rings, carved in high relief around the base with four young children
15.3 cm, 6 in.
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Provenance

Collection of Sir Ellice Victor Sassoon (1881-1961).
Sotheby's London, 16th May 2012, lot 49.

Literature

S.E. Lucas, The Catalogue of Sassoon Chinese Ivories, vol. II, London, 1950, pp. 689-691, no. 492.

Catalogue Note

Vases of this type, with children playing around an archaistic vase, were a Qianlong innovation, popular for their auspicious nature. Depictions of boys are symbolic of the wish for many offsprings, and on this vase they create an auspicious visual pun and a rebus for the phrase zisun ping’an, which can be translated as ‘peace among sons and grandsons’.

While ivory vases of this type are unusual, porcelain versions are better known. See for example a Qianlong mark and period vase decorated in the famille rose with boys climbing over the vessel, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Porcelains with Cloisonné Enamel Decoration and Famille Rose Decoration, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 140; another, also in the Palace Museum, Beijing, included in the exhibition China. The Three Emperors 1662-1795, The Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2006, cat. no. 301; and a third vase, also decorated with flower roundels over a turquoise ground, from the collection of Marcus D. Ezekiel, illustrated in R.L. Hobson, The Later Ceramic Wares of China, London, 1925, pl. LX, fig. 2, and sold at Christie’s London, 12th December 1977, lot 211, and again in these rooms, 29th November 1978, lot 318. 

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