It was not until the Qing dynasty that the Jingdezhen potters finally mastered the production of this very difficult bright black enamel glaze. Unfortunately, these vases were frequently fired a third time overpainted with intricate gold enamel patterns, but the plain monochromes are much more achieved. The very elegant form of this vase with its long neck and compressed body derived ultimately from Han bronze models, and became especially popular in Qianlong times. This example has an underglaze blue 4-character Kangxi reign mark to the base, but it dates from the nineteenth century.
Size: h: 17.6 cm dia;:11.4 cm
Condition: The base rim is uneven from an area of spilled glaze that would have been cut away at the kiln.There is some light rubbing to the brilliant glaze, and a tight 2 cm hairline to the inside of the neck.