Sold Christie's Hongkong Nov 27, 2007 lot #1710. Thank you.
A Kangxi period powder blue bottle vase with dragon and bird decoration in gold. Double circle of imperial factory on the bottom, Provenance is the Bernat Collection. Beautiful blue, silky to the touch.
10" high and 4.5" across the shoulder. Fine condition with no damage.
Note 1: The Bernat Collection was well known for its exquisitely chosen imperial quality items. Husband and wife would compete with each other for acquiring the best smallest object, or the best feng cai, or the best Yongzheng, etc. Most of the collection was sold at Sotheby's in the early 1990s. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has a room full objects from the Bernat Collection. They have one of the oldest and widest ranging museum collections of Chinese items in America.
Note 2: Partial Chinese Time Table important to ceramics:
Tang Dynasty AD 618-907
Northern Song 960-1127
Southern Song 1127-1279
Xi Xia 1038-1227
Ming Dynasty 1368-1662
Qing Dynasty imperial reign time table:
Shun-Tze 1644-1661; Kangxi 1662- 1722
Yongzhen 1723-1735; Qianlong 1736-1795
Jiaqing 1796-1820; Daoguang 1821-1850
Xiangfeng 1851-1861; Tongzhi 1862-1874
Guangxu 1875-1908; Xuantong 1909-1911
Early Republic of China: 1911-1940 .