This beautifully yellow glazed Cong shape vase was made in Late Qing dynasty to Early Republic. Decorated with plum blossom flowers around the neck, it has a dramatic presence. On each side of the body, there is Â a moulded image of aÂ bird playing around a plum blossom (prunus) tree with Lingzhi fungus growing from its roots. The symbolism implies survival, health and prosperity.
In the 19th century, as the Qing Imperial system was collapsing, the colour yellow, which originally had been reserved for the emperorâ€™s use, began to appear outside the palace.
Condition: Very good. Only aÂ few glaze fritsÂ at the foot rim.
Purchased in 2006 from Sloans & Kenyon
Dimension: height: 28cm; width: 11.5cm