Sotheby's Paris is about to auction a bottle of foreign cranes with the Qing Dynasty Qianlong Palace. This bottle is unusually rare and has recently returned to light. The colorful bottles crouching in the lofts of the French family's residence for many years, nowadays, are entirely coincidental.
When the owner of the vase brought the vase to Paris Sotheby, it was only contained in a shoe box. Sotheby's expert Olivier Valmier recalled that at the time the box was opened and immediately shocked by the exquisiteness of the bottle. After a more in-depth study, it was discovered that this bottle came from the Imperial Kiln Masters during the Qian Long period, and was only one case, extremely important and rare. This bottle will be shot at the auction in Paris on June 12th.
The grandparent of the present owner inherited this bottle from behind his uncle, and the latter (that is, the uncle of the existing family) died in 1947. This article is listed on the list of objects in his Parisian apartment. The list is juxtaposed with several other Chinese and Japanese artworks, including Chinese porcelain, robes, a yellow satin, and a bronze mirror stored in a carved lacquer box. The latter will be auctioned at the Sotheby’s Asia Art Auction in Paris after the auction.
The exact source of this colorful bottle, as well as other Chinese and Japanese art, before 1947 is no longer available. However, an existing receipt indicates that the family had purchased a piece as a wedding gift at the Paris International Exhibition in 1867. The Satsuma censer has visible early interest in Asian art.
The bottle was probably purchased in the late 19th century, when Asian art landed in Paris, and Japanese and Chinese art became popular. The only ones that closely resemble this bottle type and ornamentation are now in the collection of the Kyrgyzstan Museum in Paris and purchased by the collector Ernest Grandidier (1833-1912) in a similar period. In 1890, they were purchased from the Asian art dealer Philippe Sichel in Paris. In the late 19th century, he was an early promoter of Japanese art in France.
This bottle is extremely rare, is an isolated case, made in the Imperial Kiln in Jingdezhen, Qianlong. The porcelain of the period was very rare in the market, and most of them were hidden in the Taipei National Palace Museum and other museums around the world. Such treasures appear in the field, must see collectors rush to pursue。
This bottle was painted by Lu Hesong and symbolized Fu Shou Corning: Nine deer and five cranes on top of Danding, home to stone, and ancient Song qi. The smoky peaks in the distant mountains are visible. Bottles with similar textures are only one example, and they are now included in the Kyrgyzstan Museum in Paris. Compared to the bottle-shaped ornamentation, the decoration of the vases is different, but the decoration methods are different. During the Qing dynasty, the Imperial Garden Court raised crane deer for the emperor to enjoy, and the landscape painted by this bottle is very likely to be a portrait of the Qianlong Imperial Garden. Deer and Tonglu are horses for the longevity star, while Heze represents longevity, and immortals often use cranes. Ganoderma lucidum is rare and it is only longer than Xiandao.
According to the records of the Qing Palace Porcelain Archives, only two cases of foreign cranes deer figure wish bottles. In the thirty years of Qianlong's reign, Haifu, the eunuch, sent one of these bottles to the temple. In the thirty-fourth year of Emperor Qianlong's death, two bottles of life-saving kiln-making were congratulatory gifts.