62: One Hundred Deer Vase.
Chinese porcelain one hundred deer vase, the Hu-shaped vase of substantial proportion, the placing of archaic style dragon handles in iron red and gilding on the shoulder coordinate and command two distinct vistas in the otherwise continuous all-around landscape decoration, painted in famille rose enamels, one hundred deer comprising buck, does and their young, some with spotted reddish-brown fur, others with dappled white coats, frolic, graze and rest in a mountainous landscape forested by pine, cypress, bamboo and peach trees and lingzhi fungus growing amongst the rocks, the base with a six-character Qianlong seal mark in under glaze blue, prov.: Weisbrod Chinese Art, NY, Christies, NY, private collection, Singapore, 18th Century, 17 1/2"t., 13"dia. The deer is associated with the god of longevity, Shou-Lao, along with peaches and lingzhi fungus, themselves being symbols of longevity. The word "deer" in Chinese is a homophone for emolument or civil service salary, therefore representing the ultimate success, a long career in government service.