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A very large famille-verte yenyen vase Qing dynasty, Kangxi period | 清康熙 五彩人物故事圖鳳尾尊

A very large famille-verte yenyen vase Qing dynasty, Kangxi period | 清康熙 五彩人物故事圖鳳尾尊

A very large famille-verte yenyen vase Qing dynasty, Kangxi period | 清康熙 五彩人物故事圖鳳尾尊

A very large famille-verte yenyen vase

Qing dynasty, Kangxi period

清康熙 五彩人物故事圖鳳尾尊


Height 77 cm, 30¼ in.

Some general wear to the surface and minor losses to the enamels overall. There is a hairline (ca. 8.5 cm long) below the rim. Some very minor fritting and bruises to the rim and foot rim are also visible. The base is slightly uneven.


中文內容僅供參考,請以英文原版為準。通體有少許磨損,口沿以下可見一道冲綫(長約8.5公分)。口沿及足部邊沿均有少許細磕及輕微撞痕。底部有些許不平。


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Please note that this lot should have a W symbol in the catalogue. This will be sent to Sotheby's Greenford Park Fine Arts Storage Facility immediately after the sale. 請注意,此拍品應附有W符號,將於拍賣後即時交付至Greenford Park倉庫。

Christie's New York, 22nd March 1995, lot 293. 

Christie's London, 16th November 1998, lot 232A.

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紐約佳士得1995年3月22日,編號293

倫敦佳士得1998年11月16日,編號232A

This vase is remarkable for the skillful craftsmanship in not only its monumental yet harmonious silhouette, but also the rendering of a lively scene in vivid shades of famille verte enamels. The elegant baluster form with its boldly flaring rim and the brilliant enamel palette of greens, yellows, blues and iron red with details picked out or outlined in black were both innovations of the Kangxi period. It was also during this period when the utilisation of three-dimensional surfaces to convey traditionally two-dimensional formats became immensely popular. The exquisitely painted narrative on the body, featuring a demon and a general with magical ability, suggests it could be illustrating a scene from the story Fengshen yanyi/Investiture of the Gods, a major vernacular work written in the 16th century, narrating the military campaigns of the last evil king of the Shang dynasty against the sagacious founders of the Zhou dynasty. The historical basis for the vividly described conflict is often augmented by an array of immortals, spirits and demons fighting alongside humans vying for supremacy, as seen on the present vase.

Compare a related example, but painted with a scene from Sanguo Yanyi/The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, sold the first time in our Hong Kong room, 23rd May 1978, lot 161, again in these rooms, 11th December 1990, lot 400, and recently in our New York rooms, 22nd September 2020, lot 127; and another, included in the Exhibition Chinesische Keramik, Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf, 1965, pl. 164.