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Tall Chinese Kangxi Blue & White Porcelain Vase from Shipwreck (30cm)


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Tall Chinese Kangxi Blue & White Porcelain Vase from Shipwreck (30cm)

This very attractive porcelain vase was made during the Kangxi reign (1662 - 1722) of the Qing Dynasty. The surface is profusely decorated in underglaze blue of good colour, the decoration comprising four large panels containing various trees, blossoms and pierced rockwork, as well as smaller panels containing peony and chrysanthemum blossoms, together with geometric patterns. This vase is complete with its cover.

This vase bears a paper label "Blue Chrysanthemum Wreck, Kangxi Period". In fact this vase comes from the "Bintan Wreck", discovered off the island of Bintan, Indonesia in 2012 and dated to some time in the 1710s. The wreck was named the more romantic-sounding "Blue Chrysanthemum" when a selection of the recovered cargo made its way to the UK market several years ago.

Shipwreck cargo typically comprises very many similar or identical examples of "basic" trade wares such as cups, saucers, dishes etc... Sometimes there are also vases but these tend to be quite small. The more impressive items such as vases of the height of this example, so attractively decorated, let alone complete with a cover, are so much rarer and more desirable.

Height 30 cm. Having been submerged in seawater for some 300 years, the glazed surface has "softened" and now has a silky-matt feel and appearance. This example has no repair or restoration and is free of chips, so often seen on shipwreck porcelain; it truely is an exceptional example.

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