Chinese Export Porcelain Garniture of Vases, Qianlong
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All Items: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pre 1800: item # 1140968
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A GARNITURE OF CHINESE EXPORT VASES DECORATED ‘EN GRISAILLE’, QIANLONG, 18TH CENTURY.
The meiping form porcelain vases gently lobed with high shoulders and an ovoid cross-section. They are decorated in black enamel and gold, a palette better known by the French term, ‘en grisaille’. With these is a pear-shaped vase of the same cross section and decoration.
The decoration depicts items close to the heart of the Chinese scholar; each has a ku vase used as a receptacle for ruyi sceptres and a jade musical stone from antiquity. Around the vase is to be found other vases, a water coupe with ladle and a paperweight, both items from the scholar’s table. The vases date from the mid-eighteenth century.
Unlike Chinese export tea wares; ‘en grisaille’ vases are rare and more so when encountered as a pair or more.
Approximately 17cm high. The centre vase has a small chip on the mouth and a stress line through the base. Both of the flanking vases have damage to their necks only. Well worth getting restored.
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