Dated 1922 in vase inscription
Porcelain with overglaze enamels
H: 33.7 cm
Wear to enamels, otherwise perfect condition
From a Palm Beach, Florida estate
The movement towards realism and modern expressionism stood as the vanguard of Republic era Chinese art. This vase reflect the new innovative style that took hold of Chinese artists in the 1920s, with its bold colors and swiftly powerful brush strokes. The herons and surrounding flora are painted with great vigor and exuberance.
This period also saw privatization and commercialization of Chinese kilns, as porcelain companies began to manage and finance the age-old activity of hand-firing ceramics. The inscriptions on this vase tells us that it was made for the Tianjing porcelain company (which was renowned for the artistry and quality of its products) and made in the year 1922.