The vase is decorated to the exterior with a lively continuous scene of a parade of boys holding a dragon, lanterns, animal puppets, playing musical instruments and dragging a toy elephant, surrounded by pine and wutong trees amongst pavilions, all framed by underglaze blue ruyi- head borders to the neck and foot. The interior and base are enamelled in lime green, with an apocryphal Qianlong mark to the base.
14.1/2 in. (36.8 cm.) high

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The festive nature of the 'Hundred Boys' design brings much animation and vivacity to this vase. The subject of boys, or of children, traditionally represents the wish for abundant offspring, or in particular, sons, and wealth.

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