From our Early Chinese Collection, a fine and rare pair of Song Dynasty (960 – 1279 AD) qingbai vases on integral bases, with a molded six panel floral sprig design and flared petal-form aperture. The glaze is a very good and very attractive translucent blue/blue green color, deeper where pooled in the recesses. The underside is burnt orange-brown from the firing. They bear exhibition labels from the "1953 South Africa National Gallery Chinese Exhibition," and also the "Henry Brown Collection." We have had some difficulty researching the Henry Brown Collection, but we do know that famed British dealers S. Marchant and Son catalogued some items from this collection in the recent past, as there is a credit for the Henry Brown collection mentioned in Marchant’s 2006 Blanc de Chine Exhibition catalog. A photo of this appears below. The vases ring well, distinguishing them from the sugary body types more typical of Fujian pieces: These are constructed of the more densely grained porcelain from Jingdezhen.
Size and Condition: Condition is excellent: no damage, repair or restoration. There is some glaze fritting to the rims, some small patches where the glaze is "dry," and minor glaze crackle on one vase, but none of this is significant. DIMENSIONS: Size: 6 ¾” high