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A SMALL BLUE AND WHITE VASE
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A SMALL BLUE AND WHITE VASE

REPUBLIC PERIOD, PAINTED BY WANG BU (1898-1968)

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A SMALL BLUE AND WHITE VASE
REPUBLIC PERIOD, PAINTED BY WANG BU (1898-1968)
The vase is delicately potted with a stout base rising to a narrow neck, all supported on a short splayed foot. The exterior is exquisitely painted in typical pencilled style with two birds, one perched on a branch and the other in mid-flight.
6 3⁄4 in. (17 cm.) high

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Lot Essay

The use of cobalt blue on porcelain to create the effect of brushwork has a long history. Blue and white porcelain is perhaps the closest in affinity to ink paintings amongst all ceramic art, and no one is quite as adapt at it as Wang Bu when it comes to bird and flower, with his meticulous brushwork taking inspiration from Southern Song court paintings. The small vase painted with birds (lot 3063) reminds one of Huizong emperor’s Partridges (fig. 6).

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