Each of the two compressed baluster vases in the center with a mirroring circumferential scroll depicting several of the Eight Immortals, such as He Xiangu standing on a lotus leaf or Lu Dongbin riding on a tiger, in a majestic landscape with layered and craggy rockwork, pine and wutong trees, as well as several attendants and scholars. The sprawling and tapered neck with foliate lotus bands below a single ruyi border and a central ring with neatly incised diaper patterns. The splayed foot with another lotus band between two key fret borders and an archaistic blade band. The interior and base black lacquered.
This remarkably imposing pair of cinnabar vases is a fine example of lacquer production. The quality and style of carving, as well as the generous use of space emphasizing the carved design are typical of the style prevalent during the second half of the Qianlong period which naturally would has continued for some time into the subsequent reigns during the mid Qing dynasty. (2)
Weight: 1.8 kilograms each
Dimensions: Height 54 cm each
Condition: Superb condition with only minor crazing to black lacquer and possibly some very tiny flaws, which were not discovered even at close inspection;
Provenance: From an American private estate.
Literature comparison: Compare with the pair of archaistic carved lacquer vases, cyclically dated to AD 1784, in the British Museum, illustrated by D. Clifford, Chinese Carved Lacquer, London, 1992, p.135, pl.109; see also a related cinnabar lacquer vase, 18th/19th century, illustrated by Chen Huixia, Carving the Subtle Radiance of Colors: Treasured Lacquerware in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2008, pl.166.
Auction result comparison: FINE CHINESE ART. Bonham's, 10 Nov 2016, LONDON, lot 148. (for another pair of cinnabar 'eight immortals' vases, significantly larger) ASIAN ART. SOTHEBY'S, 16 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK, lot 858. (for a related pair of cinnabar lacquer vases from the later Qing dynasty, with approximately the same size)
文獻比較：一對1784年的仿古雕漆瓶可見於大英博物館内，出版者D. Clifford, Chinese Carved Lacquer, London, 1992, p.135, pl.109; 或一個十八至十九世紀的漆瓶 Chen Huixia, Carving the Subtle Radiance of Colors: Treasured Lacquerware in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2008, pl.166.
拍賣結果比較：FINE CHINESE ART. Bonham's, 10 Nov 2016, LONDON, lot 148. (另一對更大些的八仙人物剔紅漆瓶) ASIAN ART. SOTHEBY'S, 16 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK, lot 858. (來自晚清的一堆剔紅漆瓶，幾乎相同尺寸)