An elegant rose-verte ‘Three Star Gods’ vase, Yongzheng. Photo Bonhams.
Of slender tapering form, rising to an angled shoulder and gently flaring neck, delicately enamelled with a figural scene of the Three Star Gods (Fulushou sanxing) in a garden amongst pierced rockwork and flowers, a boy held in the arms of the God of Blessing, Fuxing, the child reaching out towards the peach of longevity, held in the left hand of Shoulao, a staff with a gourd flask in his right hand, flanking the central figure of Luxing, the God of rank and emolument, holding a covered hu, a crane at his side, the reverse with leafy sprays of peonies and chrysanthemums, the neck with a peony and pomegranate spray and a single butterfly. 43.8cm (17.1/4in) high. Estimate £25,000 – 30,000 (€31,000 – 37,000)
The Three Star Gods, forming the Daoist triad of happiness, prosperity and longevity (fu, lu and shou) are thought to date back to the Ming Dynasty, when Fuxing, Luxing and Shouxing were considered to be personified deities of these attributes.
Bonhams. ASIAN ART. 11 Sep 2014 10:30 BST. LONDON, KNIGHTSBRIDGE