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A fine and superb yangcai yellow-ground ‘boys’ vase
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À propos de l'objet

A FINE AND SUPERB YANGCAI YELLOW-GROUND ‘BOYS’ VASE\n\nQIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN IRON RED AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)\n\nThe ovoid body is exquisitely decorated in bright enamels with a continuous scene of the ‘Hundred Boys’ celebrating the Spring festival, the children depicted in animated groups performing a lion dance, playing with dragon and phoenix puppets, playing music from drums, cymbals and horn, lighting a firecracker and carrying auspicious emblems, the festivities set within two gardens separated by a flowing river and linked by bridges, all between a trefoil border at the shoulder and overlapping lappets around the base, above the floral band around the foot, the waisted neck enamelled with a stylised lotus scroll and upright lappets on a yellow sgraffito ground, flanked by a pair of gilt and iron-red dragon handles, with classic scrolls around the foot and mouth rims.\n\n15 ¼ in. (38.8 cm.) high, stand, Japanese wood box
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notes

The festive nature of the ‘Hundred Boys’ design brings much animation and vivacity to the composition on these vases. The subject of boys or of children was very popular on decorative arts of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Traditionally, they represent the wish for abundant offspring, or in

particular, sons, and wealth. This theme can be found on several Qianlong vases, similarly rendered as on the present lot, with boys at play within a garden scenery against a mountainous backdrop.

A number of these vases are in the Palace Museum, Beijing, including a large baluster jar, a small covered jar, and a lantern-form vase, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Porcelains with Cloisonne Enamel Decoration and Famille Rose Decoration, Hong Kong, 1999, pp. 138-139, no. 121 (fig. 1), p. 146, no. 128 (fig. 2), and p. 150, no. 132 (fig. 3). Compare, also, a lantern vase of this design in the Nanjing Museum, illustrated in The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2003, p. 320 (fig. 4); a pair of ruby-ground vases in private collection, illustrated in One Thousand Years of Jingdezhen, Tokyo,2006, p, 71, no. 49; and a large turquoise-ground vase sold

at Christie’s Hong Kong, 28 May 2014, lot 3326; and a pair of famille rose and underglaze blue vases, sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 30 October 2002, lot 267.

origin

QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN IRON RED AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

lot_number

2752

provenance

Sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 1 November 1999, lot 399

Sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 27 October 2003, lot 641


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