8 November 2005
A TRANSITIONAL BLUE AND WHITE SLEEVE VASE
Painted in vibrant inky blue around the body with Shoulao seated beside a deer watching a dance performance in front of a censer on a gnarled wood stand, the smoke of the incense forming a shou character, two attendants standing behind, one holding a fan, the other a scroll, a third figure wearing patched robes and holding a basket of lingzhi, all against rockwork and cloud scrolls, restoration to neck
17½ in. (44.5 cm.) high
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The freedom from Imperial restrictions enjoyed at Jingdezhen after 1608 encouraged potters to painta wider varieties of designs including scenes with great precision and fine details with the use of the varying shades of cobalt-blue.
The present vase demonstrates this extremely well with some very fine detailed designs and intricate details.
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