A large blue and white 'bird' vase Ming dynasty, Wanli period | 明萬曆 青花百鳥圖大瓶
15,000 - 20,000 GBP
A large blue and white 'bird' vase
Ming dynasty, Wanli period
the robustly-potted baluster body rising from a recessed base to a slightly waisted short neck and everted rim, painted around the exterior in rich cobalt-blue tones with a broad band of pairs of birds in a garden, all above a band of fruiting trees and rockwork and quatrefoil 'chilong' panels reserved on a diaper band at the shoulder, the neck with a pendent stiff leaf and ruyi band
Height 52 cm, 20½ in.
The vase has a circa 15cm., hairline rim crack extending down onto the shoulder with an associated 4cm., area of over-painting to the rim and rim fritting.
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Millon Paris, 2nd July 1997, lot183