A fine and very rare 19th / early 20th century Chinese inscribed famille-rose enameled scholar's porcelain water coupe, the bulbous vessel well potted with a gently tapered base, delicately painted to one side of the body with a stag, a bat, and a tortoise, with some detail picked-out in gilt, reverse side neatly inscribed in black "Wen Zheng Nian Zuo" (Made in the year of Wen Zheng), above a vertical line of four-character inscription in red reading "Bao Mo Zhai Zuo" (Made by the Precious Ink Studio), the fine and evenly glaze with a very pale greenish tinge, interior and underside similarly glazed with remains of an old paper label to base, the neatly trimmed unglazed foot rim display a fine white and very smooth paste, the top opening with a later date ivory lid. (Wooden stand not included)
NOTE : It is interesting to note that the year mark "Wen Zheng" inscribed on the present pot was actually a Japanese year period of Bunsei (1818 – 1829), corresponding to the Chinese reign periods of late Jiaqing and early Daoguang. It is most unusual to find a Chinese porcelain vessel bearing a Japanese reign mark.
COMMENT : Decoration on the present vessel of three animals may take on the meaning of "Fu, Lu, Shou", where the bat (Fu) signify happiness and good fortune; the stag (Lu) signify prosperity; and tortoise (Shou) signify longevity.
DATE : Chinese, Qing Dynasty, 19th / early 20th century.
MARK : four-character year mark of "Wen Zheng", and four-character Precious Ink Studio mark inscribed on body.
SIZE : approximately 2 5/8" (6.7 cm) high without lid; 3 3/8" (8.7 cm) wide.
CONDITION : in perfect condition, very minor enamel and gilding wear only; no chips, no cracks, no repairs. The lid with a small repair to rim and finial.
SHIPPING : Inclusive.