Late Qing Iron Red Dragon & Phoenix Marriage Vase
Date: late 19th century | Late Qing Dynasty
Materials: Porcelain with overglaze iron red decorations
Height: 45 cm
Diameter (at widest point): 17 cm
Provenance: From a Buffalo, New York estate
Description: A large 19th c late Qing rouleau form vase, decorated entirely and fully throughout in 'rouge de fer' overglaze iron red, and painted with a bold dragon and phoenix hidden amongst curling tendrils and leafy branches of flowering peony. The pairing of the dragon and phoenix (long a symbol of yin & yang, emperor and empress, husband and wife), along with the entirely red palette, suggest this vase was originally made to celebrate a marriage.
Condition: The bottom has lamp hole that has been filled in. Otherwise in excellent antique condition. [Please examine all photos carefully, as they are part of the condition report.]