A rare Famille Rose porcelain lantern vase with playing boys and quails in a garden, China, iron-red seal mark and period of Daoguang. Estimate 10 000 €. Photo Nagel
H. 28,7 cm. Very minor wear, good condition
Provenance: Former collection Georg Weishaupt, Berlin
The depiction of multiple boys at play in a garden – representing the wish for many sons – was a popular theme in the decorative arts of the Ming and Qing dynasties. In the present vase, each of the boys are engaged in activities potent with symbolism.
Cf. a Qianlong seal mark and period vase in the Qing Court collection and illustrated in Porcelains with Cloisonne Enamel Decoration and Famille Rose Decoration: The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 128, p. 146
Nagel. « Asian Art ». 2014/12/08