A PAIR OF DUTCH-DECORATED CHINESE FAMILLE-VERTE 'CHILONG' BOTTLE VASES, THE PORCELAIN QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD, THE DECORATION SLIGHTLY LATER | 清康熙 五彩貼螭龍荷蘭後加彩人物庭院圖長頸瓶
Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 USD
A PAIR OF DUTCH-DECORATED CHINESE FAMILLE-VERTE 'CHILONG' BOTTLE VASES, THE PORCELAIN QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD, THE DECORATION SLIGHTLY LATER
each bulbous body tapering to a slender neck terminating with a slightly flaring rim, decorated with Chinoiserie figures in landscape with architecture, a high-relief chilong coiled around the base of the neck, all supported on a slightly splayed foot.
Height: 8¾ in.
Each vase with a short glaze line extending from the mouth rim down the interior of the neck, not visible from the exterior. The dragon on one vase with a small chip to the tip of its beard, and the dragon on the other vase with a glaze flake to the surface of the beard. Otherwise in overall good condition and with light wear to the surface, especially to the gilding, and minor firing imperfections.
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Collection of A. Vecht, Amsterdam
Roger Keverne, London, October 2011
Roger Keverne, Winter Exhibition 2011, London, 2011
Dutch decorated Chinese porcelain examples of chilong vases are rare, and a similar example, possibly painted by the same hand, is illustrated in Helen Espir, European Decoration on Oriental Porcelain: 1700-1830, London, 2005, fig. 43. The author identifies the original decoration as the title print on page 1 of Montanus' Atlas Jepannesis, from 1670, depicting a pair of Japanese gentleman and lady. The author further notes the Dutch decorator has shortened the dress of the Japanese gentleman and incorporated the original prunus design of the vase into the later decorated landscape scene. Another Dutch decorated example, with blossoming flowers and birds in Kakiemon style, is illustrated Espir, 2005, fig. 24. Espir further notes the reason for such later Dutch decoration is because the original Chinese designs were too sparse for Dutch taste.