A large famille-verte and iron-red porcelain rouleau vase
Height: 28 1/4 in, 72 cm
with a slightly tapering cylindrical body, a sloping shoulder and a flaring neck. The vessel is painted in the famille-verte palette, heightened with iron-red, with a gentleman, elegant young ladies and small boys. One of the women, accompanied by two boys, looks down from a pavilion to the others on a broad terrace with a table, a jardinière, flowers, a banana plant and rocks. The shoulder is painted with four cartouches of precious emblems on a diaper ground, and the neck with boys playing on a terrace. The base is painted in blue with concentric circles.
Eva Ströber illustrates a similar pair of vases in “La maladie de porcelaine…” East Asian Porcelain from the Collection of Augustus the Strong (Leipzig, 2001), no. 33, pp. 80–1, where she notes that there are four vases of this type in the Porzellansammlung at the Zwinger in Dresden; Walter Bondy illustrates one of the others in Kang-hsi (Munich, 1923), p. 207.
For other similar examples, see Lubor Hájek and Werner Forman, A Book of Chinese Art: Four thousand years of sculpture, painting, bronze, jade, lacquer and porcelain (London, 1966), no. 64 (left), in the collection of the National Gallery, Prague; and Colombe Samoyault-Verlet et al, Le Musée chinois de l’impératrice Eugénie (Paris, 1994), fig. 17, pp. 24–5, in the Empress’s Chinese Museum at Fontainebleau.
For smaller rouleau vases decorated with similar subjects in the famille-verte palette only, see John Ayers, The Mount Trust Collection of Chinese Art (London, 1970), no. 103; and Tie Yuan, The Complete Collection of Porcelain of Jiangxi Province: Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty (I) (Beijing, 2005), p. 53, in the collection of the Jingdezhen Museum of Pottery and Porcelain.