A pair of mirror black porcelain vases with gilt decoration
Kangxi period, 1662-1722 AD, China
Height: 44 cm, 17.3 inches
A pair of mirror black rouleau vases decorated with overglaze gilding which remains in remarkable condition. The main body of each vase contains four vertical rectangular panels depicting four different scenes of flowering plants within a natural setting. Each panel is framed by a wide border of lotus flower heads and scrolling vines and leaves. Similar scenes are painted on the shoulder, within four circles against a square diaper ground, and on the neck in two rectangular panels against an octagonal ground. A Greek key fret encircles each mouth, and lotus lappets each foot.
The V&A Museum, London, 238-1905, 745-1883.
Oriental Ceramics: the World Great Collections, vol.11, Tokyo; New York, 1980-1982, pl. 141.