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Pair of Chinese export porcelain vases inspired by the “Romance of Western Chamber”, Yongzheng.

Stock Number: 4850

Rare pair of Chinese export porcelain square vases decorated in opaque enamels from the famille rose (fencai) palette with scenes from domestic daily life possibly inspired by the “Romance of Western Chamber”, c. 1730, Yongzheng reign, Qing dynasty, h. 29,5 cm, 11½ in. 3-14285

Illustrated: Yuan to Qing Ceramics, by A. Varela Santos, 2016/2017, cat. 50.

The Western Chamber Romance by Wang Shifu (1271-1368) has enjoyed great popularity since it was written because it is a love story with happy end.

Zhang Sheng, a young scholar went to Chang’an (Xi’an today), China’s capital at the time, to take his exams when he met at a temple Cui Yingying daughter of the prime minister and fell in love with her.

At that moment bandits kidnap them and asked for a ransom. In despair Yingying’s mother promised to marry her to whom saved her. Wang managed that but the mother refused because he was very poor.

Undeterred Sheng and Yingying overcame all the obstacles put in their way and married.


圖例:《元代至清代陶瓷》,作者阿.瓦瑞拉.桑托斯,目录 50。

◆《西廂記》為王實甫(1271-1368)所作,這個家喻戶曉的浪漫愛情故事有著完美的結局,因此其從 創作完成以來便家喻戶曉, 大受歡迎。