A rare blanc-de-Chine porcelain vase

A rare blanc-de-Chine porcelain vase


17th century
Height: 9 1/4 in, 23.4 cm

Supported on a broad straight foot ring, the well-rounded body rises to a waisted neck set with two lion masks. The vessel is covered with a warm transparent ivory glaze.

Formerly in a private collection, and previously sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, May 1994, lot 65.

A similar example is illustrated in Liu, Blanc de Chine, pl. 103.

For related vases, see Ayers, The Baur Collection Geneva: Chinese Ceramics, Vol. Two, no. A264; and Honey, The Ceramic Art of China and Other Countries of the Far East, pl. 143, fig. a, which lacks the masks.