A large Ming dynasty style square form vase (Fang Hu), with abstracted 'dragon' handles. The vase is decorated in under glaze cobalt blue with "heaped and piled" effect. Alternating bands of stylized floral scrolls are interspersed with bands of lappets, plantain leaves and chilong dragons with shou (long life) signs and at the rim with a key fret border. This item was made in the mid 18th Century during the reign of the Qianlong emperor (1736-1795). Condition - the vase has been broken and has been restored to British National Museum Standard using Conservation Grade materials and techniques. 38.5cm (15inches) high.
18世纪 青花缠枝莲纹龙耳方壶 清乾隆