London, South Kensington
19 July 2007
A Chinese blue and white soft paste 'dragon and phoenix' vase, early 18th century
of pear shape rising to the tall waisted neck and galleried rim, applied with a pair of dragon loop handles with suspended loose rings, supported on a splayed foot, painted with alternating writhing five-clawed dragons and phoenix, the neck with a floral band framed by whirl patterns below a border of upright plantain, the rim with a key-fret band, the foot with an interlocked foliate scroll above a classic scroll -- 6½in. (16.5cm.) high.
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Compare a related, though smaller, blue and white vase in the British Museum, bearing an apocryphal Zhengde mark and dated to the Kangxi period, illustrated in Soame Jenyns, Later Chinese Porcelain, London, 1951, pl.IX no. 1B.
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