A fun, comical, well painted and executed hat stand with calligraphy that is endearing and playful. I love the parent Foo dogs and all of the baby pups in play in a garden.
A hexagonal porcelain vase/stand with mouth and solid base that has pierced cut outs on the sides. The mouth edge has gilded lines. The body is decorated in iron red paintings of Foo dogs and her pups are in a dark green glaze. Other panels have paintings of Chinese characters. The piercings are edged in gold and the top edge is painted with iron red.
The foot is unglazed but the base is glazed. The glaze is so smooth, thick and looks shiny. The iron red feels not totally dry. It has smoothness to it. There is a stamped mark in characters on the base in addition to the calligraphy on the body. We believe the calligraphy refers to the reign of the last Qing emperor, Xuantong (Puyi).
10 5/8” (27.0 cm) tall x 4” (10.2 cm) x 4” (10.2 cm). Weighs 2 lb 15.8 oz (1360 g)
There are no cracks, chips, or breaks. There are kiln flaws such as black spots, dimples and bumps. There is wear to the gilding. This shows the age of the piece.
A fun old hat stand with playful pups. The piece was Chinese for Chinese taste and use.