Hundred Deer Vase with Deer Head Handles
I purchased this vase @ a silent auction, it actually belonged to a top executive of Philip Morris Asia, and he was in China for 25 years before relocating to Rancho Santa Fe in La Jolla CA area.
I know he had a Censer which was worth around 10-15k, and it was legitimate Xuande. So I'm hoping my vase is equally as legitimate. I bet an Chinese executive can easily buy a fake as can anyone.
So, I'm just very curious if anyone recognizes the mark, period, and can give me detail about the vase.
I know it is the Hundred Deer motif. I have seen 1 mark that matched exactly to this, but not sure if that means anything. Of all the marks I've viewed it mostly does not match up to any of them. I've not seen this mark on any actual items. I only saw it on a page that listed 6 marks from the Qianlong Period of 1736-1796.
At bid there were quite a few Asian people that had showed up (which is unusual for this auction), and I also saw a limo, and a few high end cars show up. This is a very unique silent auction inside a thrift store. They receive donations, and buy some estates if the price is right. Seeing a higher end crowd here is unusual. One lady was very upset at having lost the bid on this item. She looked to be very distressed over the loss. So I'm curious, what is the importance, is it a true rarity, or maybe just her own perception of what it meant to her.
Anyways, here is my pics.
Thanks ~ Rhonda