A rare Pair of Famille Verte porcelain pear-shaped Bottle Vases

Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, 1662-1722, China
清康熙 (1662-1722),中國

Height: 28cm

Each vase supports a waisted cylindrical neck and stands on a short spreading circular foot enamelled in pale aubergine, bright green, red, yellow and turquoise. The decoration on the main body consists of three equidistant round panels each containing a single mythical beast, a writhing dragon in one and a kylin in each of the other two, on a yellow wash ground, set against a dense background of flower heads and scrolling leaves on a stippled ground all in verte enamelles. A similar but less dense design of chrysanthemum flower heads and scrolling leaves decorates the neck, while around the shoulders is a contrasting band in red enamel.

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Exhibition of Chinese Applied Art, City of Manchester Art Gallery 1913. Plate V, No. 201 & No. 202, Page 31.

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