A Pair of Blue and White Vases with Covers

Kangxi Period (1662-1722)

Reference#: P1886

Diameter: 8 ½ inches (21.59 cm)
Height: 21 ¾ inches (55.25 cm)

Each vase of octagonal section supported on a tall foot topped by a circular platform, surmounted by a high-domed cover and bud-form knop, painted in underglaze blue. The body decorated with eight pointed foliate panels outlined by a square scroll, each containing blossoming branches of either peonies, prunus blossoms, carnations, azaleas, or chrysanthemums set among tall reeds and craggy rocks. The neck and shoulders decorated with a dense, continuous meander of fruiting foliage below a square scroll border at the mouth. The cover decorated with corresponding panels of blossoming branches separated by double lines in underglaze blue in between a further square scroll on the rim and the molded petals beneath the bud-form knop. A lotus scroll border on a blue ground encircles the foot. The base painted with a lotus blossom within a double blue circle. One vase with touch ups and repair at the base, corresponding cover with color fill on finial. The other vase with touch-ups to base and frits on 3 rims, corresponding cover with touch-ups on the finial and frits.

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