A famille verte square 'Hundred Antiques' vase. Kangxi

The body decorated in relief with the Bo gu (One Hundred Antiques) including gu with fruiting cherry, fangding, ding, cong with coral, jar and spoon, a double-cash knot, conch, scrolls, basket with peach and lingzhi, bowl with pomegranate and lingzhi, books, kite, bell, lotus leaf with finger citron, vase with brushes, crab and fish traps, the shoulders enamelled with large peony blossoms reserved on a green fish-roe ground rising to the flared neck with relief decoration of archaistic vessels below the galleried rim with a key-fret border, all supported on a spreading foot with cartouches enclosing a crab reserved on a lotus scroll ground. 47.5cm (18¾in) high. - Estimate: £5,000 - 8,000

Footnote: Compare a mallet vase with a gilt-heightened relief decoration of the Bo gu, Kangxi, from the Qing Court Collection, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours, Hong Kong, 1999, Catalogue no.143.

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