Each thickly molded, raised on four low feet and delicately painted with a depiction of Chrysanthemum amid their leaves and tendrils on a turquoise ground. Each of the four corners with a gilt shòu longevity-character. The Chinese character shòu (寿) is usually found on textiles, furniture, ceramics and jewelry, and may appear alone or surrounded by flowers, bats, or other good luck symbols, but will always hold a central position, such as in the present example. (2)
Weight: 727 grams each
Dimensions: Each 12,4 x 12,4 x 6,2 cm
Condition: Perfect condition with only minor traces of wear, as expected on an old piece. Few minor manufacturing flaws
Provenance: American private collection
Literature comparison: Kuo T'ing-i et al. Historical Annals of the ROC (1911–1949). Vol 1. pp 207–41.
Auction result comparison: ASIAN DECORATIVE ARTS. Bonham’s, 14 October 2014, SAN FRANCISCO, lot 6284. (for a related pair of Hongxian planters)