Lot N: 0078
50 x 80 cm
Globular vase (tianqiuping) of exceptional size and refined execution. The heavily potted body has a lively polychrome decoration, with the classic auspicious subject of the "nine peaches" and presents an unglazed bottom without mark. The beautiful theme of the two twin peach trees that weave their branches around the entire surface of the vase, a particularly beloved subject throughout the eighteenth century, is symbolic and auspicious and relies its visual strength on the delicate balance of the nine fruits that stand out against the white surface of the porcelain. The eighteenth-century specimens are one of the most sought after subjects and reach very high market prices. Even the pieces made in the late Qing period are quite rare on the market, especially if they are of large size as the one presented here. A vase similar to this one, but of much smaller size, was sold by Sotheby's (NY, 15 Sept. 2018, lot 1088), as well as another one by Christie's (New York, 22 March 2018, lot 618).
Provenance: Italian private collection, purchased on the French antique market in the 1950