A Pair of Chinese Famille Rose 'Bat And Shou' Vases
A pair of Chinese famille rose ‘bat and shou’ vases With globular body and tall cylindrical flaring neck, decorated in famille rose enamels with a colourful design of bats in flight amidst multicoloured lingzhi clouds and trailing peach tree sprigs, above and below a band of shou characters, a band of lappets encircle the foot, a band of floral scrolls with gilt shou characters around the shoulder, and a band of ruyi-heads around the mouth rim, the bases with a square apocryphal seal mark of Qianlong in red. Period: 19th century. Very good condition.
The design of bats and clouds is interpreted by J. Stuart in Joined Colors – Decoration and Meaning in Chinese Porcelain, Washington, D.C. 1993, pl. 97, as meaning ”vast happiness piled up to the sky.” The author says, ”The symbol of a red bat combined with coloured clouds represents the upper limits of heaven (hongfu qitian)”. A bottle vase with a similar design is in the Nanjing Museum, Jiangsu province, and is illustrated in China’s Jingdezhen Porcelain through the Ages, Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong, 1998, p. 357.
Price: 75 000 SEK (€7113/$7977)
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