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An Impressive and Rare Pair of Chinese Famille-Rose 'Soldier' Vases and Covers, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, Circa 1740 | 清乾隆 約1740年 粉彩花卉庭院圖大蓋瓶一對

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An Impressive and Rare Pair of Chinese Famille-Rose 'Soldier' Vases and Covers, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, Circa 1740 | 清乾隆 約1740年 粉彩花卉庭院圖大蓋瓶一對

An Impressive and Rare Pair of Chinese Famille-Rose 'Soldier' Vases and Covers, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, Circa 1740 | 清乾隆 約1740年 粉彩花卉庭院圖大蓋瓶一對

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An Impressive and Rare Pair of Chinese Famille-Rose 'Soldier' Vases and Covers, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, Circa 1740

清乾隆 約1740年 粉彩花卉庭院圖大蓋瓶一對


each of baluster form, the rounded shoulders sweeping to a waisted neck and a galleried rim, the body extending down to a slightly flared base, superbly painted with bright enamels with peonies, chrysanthemums and prunus issuing from rockwork, the shoulder painted with gilt and iron-red peony blooms on a diaper ground, the neck reserved with four floral panels, the domed covers similarly surmounted with lotus bud-form finials, the French Régence style giltwood stands probably supplied by Duveen Brothers


height of vase and cover 48 in.; 121.9 cm

height overall 70 3/4 in.; 179.7 cm

The vases in overall good condition. One cover in overall good condition, the other with an approx. 1.5 in. (3.9 cm) wide flake chip to the underside rim restuck, and both with fritting to the top of the lotus bud finial. Overall with minor firing imperfections and very minor surface wear, consistent with the age and type. The giltwood stands in overall good condition with minor wear to the gilding.


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Duveen Brothers, New York, no. 26586

The Collection of Flora Whitney Miller (1897-1986)

Sotheby's New York, 11 April 1987, lot 200

Duveen Brothers. China, no. 2, p. 2. Web.