- Height 15 1/8 in., 38.3 cm
D & M Freedman，倫敦，2000年
The present vase, produced late in the Kangxi period, is distinguished by the superlative quality of its molded and carved decoration. The shallow figural forms were applied and then deftly finished with precise incisions defining strands of hair, arched eyebrows, crisp drapery and even finger joints.The use of black outlines and varying tones of iron red serve to define musculature and rhythmic folds of billowing robes while pale washes of iron-red and green give life to smiling cheeks and soft earth respectively. The literal sculptural quality of the main composition is retained in the bold rendering of the rustic figures above with energetic, confident lines complimenting the meaning and method of immortals below.
Relief decorated vases of this quality are extraordinarily rare and it appears there are no identical examples published. A famille-verte vase of slender ovoid form decorated with figures in high relief was sold in our London rooms, 13th December lot 526 and again at Christie's London, 2nd November 1987, lot 163. Another vase of this type decorated with molded figures in high relief from the Salting Collection is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and illustrated in Edgar Gorer and J.F. Blacker, Chinese Porcelain and Hardstones, vol. I, London, 1911, pl. 126. A rouleau vase with figures again in high relief is illustrated in R. L. Hobson, The Catalogue of the Leonard Gow Collection of Chinese Porcelain, London, 1931, pl. IX. A cylindrical famille-verte vase with finely molded appliques of the 'Hundred Antiques' from the Qing Court Collection is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 143.