Dimensions: (approx) 16" tall, 15" dia. (widest)
Condition: Very Fine condition. No injury or repair
A rare large Ming Period, Wanli dynasty vase, (1600-1620). This vase is massive in size, proportion and heavily potting. The decoration is painted in a deep violet cobalt blue. The vase is unsigned as most of the wares of this period. Signature only became a norm and standard during the Qing dynasty, (1644-1911). The vase is painted with powerful 'Wanli" 5-claw dragon, amid clouds and fire balls. This body is mostly glazed with exception of the foot rim and concave foot, thus exposing the grey stoneware. The cobalt blue is a deep violet and the ground is a slightly bluish-white. There are visible 'air bubbles' or air tubes over the entire glazed body. These are patterned in small groups and of medium to small size. An unmistakable known Ming dynasty diagnostic of wares of this period. The design elements are also divided into 4 vertical sections, classic of the previous Yuan dynasty designs(1279-1368).