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TWO BLUE AND WHITE BOTTLE VASES
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TWO BLUE AND WHITE BOTTLE VASES

TRANSITIONAL PERIOD, CIRCA 1635-44

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TWO BLUE AND WHITE BOTTLE VASES
Transitional period, circa 1635-44
Each with compressed bulbous body painted with figural scenes below a tall neck painted with formalized tulip plants above and below the bulbous collar painted with lotus scroll, all in rich inky tones of underglaze blue
15¼ and 15in. (38.7 and 38cm.) high (2)

Lot Essay

Compare the vase of this type in the Institut Néerlandais, Paris, illustrated by D. Lion-Goldschmidt, Ming Porcelain, New York, 1978, p. 234, pl. 251, where the author notes that the motif of the stiff, upright 'tulip' did not continue after the Transitional period. Another vase of this type was included in the Hong Kong O.C.S. exhibition, Transitional Wares and their Forerunners, Hong Kong Musuem of Art, 29 January-March 1981, no. 70, where a note mentions a vase of this type appearing in a Dutch still-life by Kalf, probably painted before 1646.
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