A DU PAQUIER SMALL BALUSTER VASE CIRCA 1725-30
of baluster form, applied in full relief with a sinuous dragon entwined around the cylindrical neck, the body painted with a continuous scene in green, iron-red, purple, blue and grey with two Chinoiserie figures and a pavilion in a fenced garden, painted flower in iron-red to underside.
Height: 4¾ in.
There are several shallow flat chips to the underside edge of the base, which show as tiny nibbles to the lower edge when the piece is standing flat. the upper section of the dragon's right front foot, is chipped away (this is behind his face), visible in the catalogue photo. There is a half inch long oval firing flaw on one side of the shoulder, adjacent to the tip of the dragon's tail which has been overpainted at the factory with a flower to disguise it. Otherwise in good condition.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Sotheby's New York, November 12, 1999, lot 60
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 383, p. 723, illus.
Two similar 'dragon vases' are illustrated by Elizabeth Sturm-Bednarczyk (ed.), Claudius Innocentius du Paquier, Wiener Porzellan der Frühzeit 1718-1744, Vienna, 1994, p. 120, nos. 136 and 137, the second of which was formerly in the collection of Otto and Magdalena Blohm, sold at Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc. New York, October 10, 1961, lot 689. A particularly close example painted with the same scene as the present example is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, gifted by R. Thornton Wilson in 1955, acc. 55.147.