A Chinese polychrome-enamelled porcelain plaque,
20th century, of rectangular form, in the style of Wang Qi (1884-1937), painted with a wealthy man and his son clutching tightly to a cash coin inscribed 'Xing Ming zhi Bao' (Treasures of Life), a poor man by their side reaching out, inscribed with a dedication to commemorate the anniversary of the Jingdezhen School of Fine Art, the signature of Wang Bizhen and two seals reading 'Wang Qi Hua Yin' and 'Zengcai Duoli shi Kong Kong' (Being aggressive for wealth and profit will end in nothing), accompanied by a poem describing the danger of greed which translates:
Good money, good money
Linked with life and death
Even with this money
Still want a house and a field
A happy family together
Only thinking of themselves
With the sight of a rat's eye
Takes over and does not let go
Who dares to get in the way
The young and the old do nothing
Fearing any words of wisdom
Trading wife for money
With no regard for the greater good
If their greed does not change
The household will not last,
37.5 x 25cm, framed
Provenance: Acquired at auction in Singapore in 1980 and brought back to UK in 1990s on retirement.
二十世纪 王琦款 彩绘《性命之宝》图长方粉彩瓷板 木框
题诗：好钱好钱 性命柶连 有了此钱 仲要房田 一家大小 快乐团圆 只仿自己 鼠目不远 钻头霸住 谁敢沾边 老小无力 怕你良言 不顾大局 以妻换钱 贪心不改 恐宅有险
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Sold for £29,000
Surface scratches. Knocks to frame. Did not examine the back of the plaque outside of the frame.
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