Mid – late Qing dynasty
Porcelain with teadust glaze, underglaze cobalt blue and copper red
H: 34.7 cm / 13.7 in, W: 22.4 cm / 8.8 in (at widest point)
From a Dutch private collection
This gorgeous is quite rare due to its technical sophistication: in manufacturing this vase, Jingdezhen potters would have had to fire it twice; first, to complete the raised appliqué decorations in underglaze blue and copper red (which had to be coated with a transparent glaze in order to be visible); next, to cover the rest of the vase in a teadust glaze in a second firing. The finished product is striking due to the contrast between a teadust ground and the blue and white details.
Condition report: There is a very difficult-to-see 15 cm hairline running down the neck, and a chip to the rim has been filled in and painted over. These flaws are however not obvious to the eye; this vase displays very well in person.