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5361 | Yongzheng period, Qing dynasty A BLUE AND WHITE ‘BOYS PLAY’ VASE

A BLUE AND WHITE ‘BOYS PLAY’ VASE

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Size: H11.5cm

Signed and dated: Yongzheng period, Qing dynasty

Estimate: No Reserve

Final Price: RMB 1,100,000


Yongzheng Six-Character Mark
PROVENANCE
· The Si Yue Tang Collection
· Sotheby’s London 14 November 2001, Lot127. from a private England&Ther of Ireland
The square vase is potted in rectangular form, each side painted with a rectangular panel enclosing four boys in various leisurely pursuits, riding a hobby-horse, catching crickets, fishing and playing with toys, all reserved on a ground of dense scrolling lotus extending from below the neck to above the foot, six-character Yongzheng reign mark in underglaze-blue.
Daoism became the spiritual belonging of the Yongzheng Emperor during his elder period. This kind of small vase is probably related to the alchemy event during 1730 to 1734, also a period after the Emperor has experienced a severe illness. See several similar examples in the Victoria & Albert Museum, no. FE. 118-1975; see another example in Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, no. 46.802.