A LARGE TRANSITIONAL WUCAI BALUSTER VASE WITH PALACE SCENE, 17th CENTURY
White glazed porcelain with underglaze blue decoration. Multi-colored enamels in Wucai palette over the glaze
China, mid-17th century
The body of slender baluster shape with flared neck and tapered foot. Finely enameled around the body with a scene of courtiers in the palace grounds. Two young men on horseback are in conversation with a lady, seated on a terrace. In the background we see her servant and two boys are standing on front of the men's horses. The palace roof is partly covered in clouds, a motif that is vividly painted in iron-red stretching along one vertical area of the vase. A thin 'cracked-ice' border at the shoulder, below a waisted neck painted with chrysanthemum and peony sprays issuing from blue rockwork.
Shape: Slender baluster shape
Dimensions: 49,5 cm (height), 16,5 cm (upper diameter)
Updated Condition: One larger chip (restored) with emerging short hairline (mostly visible on the inside) to neck. Drilled hole on the base professionally restored.
Provenance: Old Austrian Private collection, assembled in the 1930s to early 1950s
Literature comparison: for a comparable vase see Christie's, Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles, 13 May 2011, London, South Kensington, lot 1140.
細長瓶身，頸部内斂，肩部外張，足部外撇。瓶身以琺琅彩描繪了宮殿的場地上有一群朝臣。 兩名騎在馬背上的年輕男子正在和一位坐在露台上的女士交談。 背景裏有她的僕人和兩個男孩站在男人的馬前。 宮殿的屋頂部分被雲層覆蓋著。背面鐵紅色垂直描繪雲朵紋上。肩部一道冰裂形紋，頸部繪藍色假山及菊花和牡丹。
尺寸：高 49,5 cm，上部直徑 16,5 cm