A MING-STYLE BLUE AND WHITE BOTTLE VASE
A MING-STYLE BLUE AND WHITE BOTTLE VASE
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THE PROPERTY OF MARCHANT, EST. 1925
A MING-STYLE BLUE AND WHITE BOTTLE VASE

GUANGXU SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1875-1908)

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A MING-STYLE BLUE AND WHITE BOTTLE VASE
GUANGXU SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1875-1908)
The globular body is finely painted in vibrant tones of cobalt blue with a composite floral scroll above a band of lotus petals and classic scroll at the foot, and below a trefoil cloud collar and another composite floral scroll around the shoulder. The tall neck is further decorated with key fret and upright plantain leaves, and breaking waves at the flaring mouth.
14 in. (35.5 cm.) high

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A similar Guangxu-period vase is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 36 - Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red (III), Hong Kong, 2000, p. 174, no. 159. See, also, a related vase from the Daoguang period, illustrated by G. Avitabile, Vom Schatz der Drachen (From the Dragon's Treasure), London, 1987, p. 65, no. 87, where the author notes that "this type of bottle vase is mentioned in the imperial lists of the Tongzhi and Guangxu periods, and was used as a gift for the distinguished service to the emperor".

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