|Hundred Butterflies Jardiniere No. 1 (GFM061618)
|Late 19th century
Guangxu Period, Qing dynasty
Hardpaste porcelain with famille rose overglaze enamels; Jingdezhen ware
Diameter: 37 cm
Height: 33.2 cm
From a Fort Lauderdale, Florida estate
A lovely and gorgeous late Qing Guangxu period jardiniere, enameled in famille rose with a profusion of butterflies drifting among prunus blossoms. The butterflies are painted with extraordinary workmanship and attention to detail; each set of wings features an unique color palette and pattern. The overall quality of the enameling is most unusual for its quality of execution, which even surpasses that of imperial Guangxu ‘hundred butterfly’ bottle vases with its painterly sensitively and vibrancy of enamels.
The butterfly serves as a rebus for good fortune in Chinese art. In porcelain, it first appeared as a motif during the Qianlong era, but it is during the late Qing that it achieved a kind of ubiquitous popularity.
Although unmarked, jardinieres of the type and design are well-documented to have been used in the late Qing imperial court; surviving examples have been published in literature regarding the Qing palace collections (refer to《宫廷珍藏：中国清代官窑瓷器》，page 450, by the Nanjing Museum）.