Lot 405
  • 405

A PAIR OF BLUE AND WHITE 'FLORAL' BOTTLE VASES QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD |

Estimate
6,000 - 8,000 USD
Sold
11,875 USD
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Description

  • Porcelain
  • Height of taller 8 1/2  in., 21.6 cm
each with a globular body rising from a tapering foot to a long, narrow cylindrical neck, painted in vivid cobalt blue tones with a continuous meander of flowers blossoming on leafy stems on the body and neck, a reverse-decorated collar at the shoulder of white flowers reserved on a blue ground, and a band of blue outlined flowers and waves on the mouth, the base with an underglaze blue 'G' mark (2)

Provenance

Sotheby's London, 3rd July 1984, lot 150.
Marc Michot, Bruges.
Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York.

Catalogue Note

The origin of the mark on the base remains a matter of conjecture among scholars. It has long been assumed that it stands for the Latin letter 'G' and perhaps the initial of the Westerner who commissioned the group, while others believed that these vases were copies after Delft wares and that the marks should be read 'D.' However, if turned 90 degrees, the character may be interpreted as the Persian letter ye, raising the possibility that the group was made for a Persian or Mughal Indian client. For further discussion see Daniel Suebsman and Daniela Antonin, Kangxi Porcelain Treasures of the Kangxi Period, Hetjens Deutsches Keramikmuseum, Dusseldorf, 2016, cat. no. 148.
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