A blue and white bottle vase, Chongzhen. Sold for £10,000 (€12,764). Photo: Bonhams.
The compressed globular body painted with a garden scene depicting seven scholars accompanied by boys and attendants, seated and gathered in two groups variously at leisure or engaged in scholarly pursuits, surrounded by trees and scattered with bamboos and rocks, all between a band of flowers on scrolling foliage to the shoulder and lappets to the foot, the slender neck with two bands of upright tulip-like flowers borne on leafy stems separated by a bulbous lotus band. 37.4cm (14 3/4in) high
Provenance: a distinguished European private collection
Notes: The present lot illustrates aspects of the cross-cultural influences prevalent in the 17th century, as well as the demand for Chinese blue and white porcelain overseas. The distinctive form, with its bulbous section along the slender neck, is based on 16th century Turkish pottery, and the tulip-like flowers on the neck are thought to have been designed for the Dutch market. For similar examples, see a vase illustrated by Sir M.Butler, M.Medley and S.Little, Seventeenth Century Chinese Porcelain from the Butler Family Collection, Alexandria, 1990, no.38, and a pair illustrated by J.Harrison-Hall,Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, nos.12:80 and 12:81.
Two similar vases were sold in these Rooms on 8 November 2012, lots 34 and 35.
Bonhams. FINE CHINESE ART, 6 Nov 2014 13:30 GMT – LONDON, NEW BOND STREET