Lot 163: VASE WITH FLOWERS AND BATS
19 November 2016
Vienna, Vienna, AustriaLive Auction
Porcelain with enamel paints. China, Guangxu mark on the bottom, 1874 - 1908
A delicate and vivid work in a masterful composition! All flowers were crafted with enamel colors, the bats in iron-red. Numerous variations of leaves are included, most recognizable of them are of course the lotus, chrysanthemum, Buddha’s hand fruit, peonies, mallow, magnolia, etc… The bats are a classic symbol of luck in China, even their red color represents luck and happiness. This is another example of homophony, as Fu 蝠 meaning bat sounds the same as Fu 褔 meaning luck. On inspection it can be seen that the right part of the character remains the same. There is dozens of these animals to be seen on the vase, one is even located right below the mouth opening between the rows of ruyi emblems. A connection can be established between the two symbols, as ruyi represents longevity because their form is derived from the mushroom of long life lingzhi. The lowest section around the foot consists of rowed lotus leaves in a rather geometric form. On the bottom is the six-character mark Da Qing Guanxu nian zhi大清光緒年製 in underglaze-blue. Flawless condition and rare type.
HEIGHT 42,7 CM
From a Geneva private collection, afterwards collection Sohel Ch., New-Delhi - Vienna
A noteworthy share of the antiques offered here – around 130 lots – originate from the Collection Sohel Ch., a successful business man from Delhi who spent many years in Vienna. The part of his collection, which we here offer, was mainly acquired in the art trade of Vienna. The chief reason for his collecting activity, which he perpetuated with considerable specialized knowledge, sense for quality and great committment, was to establish a private Asian museum in his native city of New Delhi. Because of severe illness, it was impossible for him to realize his plan and he thus decided to submit us the entire complex of his "Viennese collection" for sale.
來自 Sohel Ch. 先生的舊藏
這本圖錄所紀錄的藝術品的大部分（約130件）來自 Sohel Ch. 先生的舊藏。這位收藏家是個來自新德里的古董拒買，曾有數年住在維也納。這次所介紹的藝術品主要來自他的維也納分點。他數十年的努力，知識和質量敏感都曾進入他的收藏活動，結果之一為在其城市，新德里，收藏到了一個原來屬於私人亞洲美術館的收藏的全部藏品。很不幸的是這位收藏家最近生病極為嚴重，無法實現自己原來對藝術藏品的願望，結果把全部維也納分店的收藏提供給拍賣公司給以賣出。