Southern Song / Yuan Dynasty, 1127-1318
This pear-form vase, with two tubular handles, is set upon a tall, flaring base. A paired dragon motif in low relief wraps around the lower body and a geometric design surrounds the middle neck and handles. A stylized design including ruyi and other elements surround the upper portion of the flaring base. The mouth flares, trumpet like, and is topped with a flat flange. The surface appears to be original, with remnants of a worn, blackish lacquer coating over a dark brown patina where exposed. The base was possibly repaired or replaced at some point. Other than minor repairs or touchups around the foot, the condition is very good considering the age. Purchased in the early 1970s in North Carolina.
Height: 7 7/8 in., Diameter: 2 ¾ in.