- Porcelain, wood stand with inlaid lead
- Height 24 3/4 in., 62.8 cm
William Hulme Lever (1888-1949)，第二代利弗休姆子爵收藏，錄於1949年清單，編號T034
Philip William Bryce Lever (1915-2000)，第三代利弗休姆尊子爵，KG TD 收藏，Thornton Manor，威勒爾，默西賽德郡
The vase demonstrates the technical achievements of Kangxi potters. The shape and weight of the vase presented considerable challenges to the potter, who inventively applied hidden struts to the rim and interior to uphold the ambitious vessel. The figures and branches, too, are well-formed in unprecedentedly high relief with some features modeled fully in the round for naturalistic effect. Each scene is enlivened with masterfully applied overglaze enamels and gilt accents.
Kangxi period vases with appliques of immortals or antiques were made in both quadrangular and round forms. A rouleau vase with the 'Hundred Antiques' applied from the Qing Court Collection, now in the Palace Museum, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures from the Palace Museum: Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colors, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 143. Two ovoid vases with applied decorations of the 'Three Star Gods' and the 'Eight Daoist Immortals', respectively, are in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum (coll. nos C. 1255-1910 and C. 1257-1910). A square-section vase with the subject matter and style of the present example in the Mr. and Mrs. Charles Taft Collection is illustrated in John Getz, A Catalogue of Chinese Porcelains collected by Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Taft, Cincinnati, Ohio, New York, 1904, cat. no. 69. A second example from the collection of Frederick J. and Antoinette H. Van Slyke sold in these rooms, 31st May 1989, lot 106, and again at Christie's New York, 29th March 2006, lot 482. A closely related example featuring the Hehe Erxian with the 'Three Star Gods', from the collection of Allen J. Mercher and the J.T. Tai & Company, sold in these rooms, 22nd March 2011, lot 107.