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A rare famille-verte porcelain bottle vase

Famille-verte vase
Famille-verte vase


Kangxi period
Height: 8 3/8 in, 21.2 cm

with an ovoid body rising to a long, cylindrical neck. A curling, single-horned dragon, with a ridged chest, four-clawed paws and a pointed muzzle, is applied in high relief to the shoulder and enamelled pale aubergine. A large fish and three-peaked mountains, rising from a band of crested waves scattered with precious objects and blossoms, are painted in the famille-verte palette around the foot. The base is painted in underglaze blue with an apocryphal Chenghua mark. (Restored.)

Formerly in the collection of Sir Alfred Aykroyd Bt.

A very similar example is illustrated in The Chinese Porcelain Company, The Art of the Qing Potter: Important Chinese Export Porcelain, no. 21, pp. 38–9.

For Kangxi peachbloom vases of this form with an applied green dragon, see Ayers, “The ‘Peachbloom’ Wares of the Kangxi period (1662–1722)”, fig. 7, p. 36, in the collection of the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore; Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, no. 232, pp. 236–7, in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Yang, The Tsui Museum of Art: Chinese Ceramics IV, Qing Dynasty, no. 11.

Note also a vase of this form painted in underglaze blue and underglaze red with a dragon around the neck, and waves and mountains around the foot in Li, Chinese Ceramics: The New Standard Guide, no. 601, p. 293.