East Asia, China, Qing Dynasty, ca. 1644 to 1912 CE. A large, hand-built porcelain vase in the distinct blue-and-white glazed style characteristic of the Ming Dynasty. The slight concave base supports a rotund body which gently tapers to rounded shoulders and a short rim. The body is decorated in a multitude of five-petaled flowers in a sea of cobalt-blue triangles and squares. Two notable scenes are depicted, one on either half, with one showing a small shrine and floating scrolls, the other displaying a small table, vase, scrolls, and abstract shapes in the foreground. During the Ming Dynasty, a technical advance consisting of adding manganese to prevent the cobalt from blurring during firing made it possible to create more vivid design programs on pottery. Hence, such wares from the Ming Dynasty have come to represent the acme of beautiful blue and white porcelain, the likes of which inspired the adoration of porcelain throughout Europe. Size: 7.25" H (18.4 cm).
Provenance: private S.S. collection, Los Angeles, California, USA
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