This object is eligible for a Certificate of BADA Provenance

Of baluster form, finely painted in shades of underglaze blue; the body decorated with a continuous scene of two butterflies flying among leafy bamboo, large peony blooms and stylised rockwork; with a band of incised decoration around the shoulder; the upper rim with an inverted ‘flame’ border, the base glazed.

Period: Shunzhi (1644-1661)

Provenance: The Wikström Family Collection of Norra Blasieholmshamnen and Listonhill. Thence by descent.

Literature: Pictured in Albin Roosval red, ‘Svenska hem i ord och bilder’, årgång XIX, nr 3, 1931

Footnote: For a similar vase, also with incised decoration and attributed Chongzhen (1628-1643), see the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (museum number B69P118L.a-.b, bequeathed by Roy Leventritt).


There is another similar vase, again with incised decoration at attributed 1640 – 1650 in the Queen’s Bedroom in Kensington Palace, as part of the Royal Collection (collection number RCIN 1175). It is illustrated in J. Ayers (2016) Chinese and Japanese Works in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen, C&J, p.241.


Height: 18.5cm cm; 7 ¼ in

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