A turquoise porcelain ruyi head vase
Kangxi period 1662-1722 AD China
The ruyi head is of flattened undulating form decorated with diminishing bands of decoration down to the central vase opening, the whole supported on a trunk like stand from which smaller ruyi fungi sprout. The irregular base has been left in the biscuit and carries the dealers trade label of Pierre Saque, a well-known figure in the Paris Chinese antique trade based in the Avenue George V. Turquoise monochrome porcelain was very fashionable in European collecting circles from as early as the 18th century and was often mounted in gilt bronze. This example is very much a Chinese taste scholars object with its naturalistic theme combined with the Taoist symbolism of the Ruyi fungus which is associated with long life and the immortals.