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Chinese Qing Blue & White Straits Porcelain Wedding Vase Shuangxi

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Porcelain: Pre 1900: Item # 1141782
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Late Qing dynasty Chinese porcelain baluster form vase with wide trumpet mouth decorated in underglaze blue against a bluish-white background with six “shuangxi” symbols (indicating double-happiness and wedded bliss) surrounded by a stylized pattern of pencil style scrolling sweet pea vines (symbolizing “many children”). Two small underglaze blue Buddhist lion and cub handles are at the neck. The interior and base are glazed but the low rounded foot rim is unglazed. There is kiln grit adhering to the foot rim. This type of decoration with a sweet pea floral background was produced for the Straits Chinese communities and is also referred to as blue and white nonya ware or "Shanghai ware" (see “Straits Chinese Porcelain: A Collector’s Guide” by Ho Wing Meng). 13 ½” high x about 7” diameter. Late 19th century to circa 1900. Very good overall condition. There is a very faint hairline star crack on the base (see enlargement 4). This vase is from the private collection of a former American diplomat to Guangzhou and Beijing from 1983-1987.