Each vase has a rounded body and is painted on one side in rich cobalt hues with auspicious and scholarly objects, including a qin, books, incense burners and other archaistic vessels with flowers. The reverse of one is painted with a fisherman in a mountainous river landscape, and the other with a magpie perched on a prunus branch. The base is marked with an underglazed blue double circle.
10⅜ in. (26.4 cm.) high, wood stands

By repute, Collection of the Dukes of Northumberland, Syon House
Collection of Gerald Reitlinger (1900-1978)
Sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 14 November 1989, lot 70
Acquired in Taipei in the 1980s
Oriental Ceramics Society, Exhibition of Chinese Blue and White Porcelain, 14th to 19th Centuries, London, 1953, no. 268.
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