Lot 898
  • 898


30,000 - 50,000 USD
212,500 USD
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  • Height 16 1/2  in., 42 cm
well-painted and enameled in shades of green, blue and aubergine with a continuous scene of scholars in an idyllic mountainous landscape, some seated in their studios, one on horseback on a grassy bank, a pair conversing on a hill, the sky and water left in the biscuit, the shoulder with lobed medallions enclosing auspicious objects on a scrollwork ground, the neck with a further landscape scene, all between petal lappets encircling the base and bands of keyfret, ruyi and scrolls above, the base with a black-enameled shou character within a circular impression, mounted on a revolving base (2)


Collection of Richard Bennett (b. 1849), Esq. 
Edgar Gorer, London, 1911. 
M. Parish-Watson, New York.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (1874-1960).
John D. Rockefeller, III (1906-1978).
Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York, 2nd February 1976. 


The Grand Gallery, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1974-1975, cat. no. 80. 
Dreicer & Co., New York, circa 1911


Catalogue of the Collection of Old Chinese Porcelains formed by Richard Bennett, Esq., London, 1911, cat. no. 316.
Edgar Gorer and J. F. Blacker, Chinese Porcelain and Hard Stones, vol. 1, London, 1911, pl. 105.

Catalogue Note

It is rare to find such a finely enameled biscuit vase of this size and subject matter. The bucolic scene of scholars in a landscape, with studios and pavilions dotting the hills and fisherman out on the river, is confidently and delicately rendered in a range of blues, greens, aubergine, and painterly strokes of black.  Compare a famille-verte biscuit-form stand from the Jie Rui Tang Collection, similarly enameled and painted with a related landscape scene, sold in these rooms, 20th March 2018, lot 354. A smaller rouleau vase, freely painted with flowers and rockwork, is illustrated in Hobson, Rackham & King, Chinese Ceramics in Private Collections, London, 1931, pl. 4. See also a brushpot painted with an idyllic river scene sold in our London rooms, 12th June 2003, lot 1178.