Auspicious Vases

Object nr. 421 China, Kangxi period (1662-1722) Height: 45 cm

Provenance:
- James A. Garland Collection, USA, (inv. nr.1024)
- With Joseph Duveen, New York
- J.P. Morgan Collection, USA, 1902 – 1914 (inv.nr. 862)
- Private Collection,  Europe, 2013
Exhibited
Metropolitan Museum, New York 1895-1913
Wadsworth Atheneum, Morgan the Mind of a Collector, 2017

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Auspicious Vases

A pair of unusually shaped vases with famille verte enamels, handsomely decorated with auspicious figures and symbols. The bulbous body stands on a high foot , the tall neck gently flaring out to a wide mouth. On both sides is a large Chinese character, filled with a diaper pattern and outlined in black. It is overlaid with a large round reserve medallion with Daoist figures. The high foot is decorated with light green overlapping stylised leaves. Around the slightly flaring foot rim, has three narrow stylised bands in yellow, aubergine and dark green. The neck is decorated with two flying cranes holding a branch with a peach, alternating with a clouds clusters. The clouds are symbols of the celestial realms and the cranes are emblems of longevity.

Overlaying the Character Shou (longevity), is a scene with the three Daoist Star Gods and three children. The yellow robed figure of Shoulao (God of Longevity), offers a large peach – the magical immortality fruit - to one the boys. The other two figures are Fuxing (God of blessings holding a child) and Luxing (God of Rank and Emolument holding a sceptre). In popular religion, these gods were believed to assist you with increasing happiness, long life and wealth. Over the large character Fu (happiness) is a scene of the Eight Daoist immortals in a garden with a large pine tree. Each immortal can be identified by the attribute they carry.

On the underside, these vases have fabulously preserved labels from the Garland, as well as the Morgan collections. There are also several other unidentified inventory numbers and labels. They were exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on loan first from Garland and later J.P. Morgan.

Book Reference:

These unusually shaped vases with famille verte enamels, handsomely decorated with auspicious figures and symbols are illustrated in the Garland Collection of Chinese Porcelain by John. Getz for The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1895!

On the underside, these vases have fabulously preserved labels from the Garland, as well as the Morgan collection. There are also several other unidentified inventory numbers and labels. They were exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on loan first from Garland and later J.P. Morgan.

Floris van der Ven

Owner