Sold Ceramics - Sold Blue and White Kangxi Period 1662-1722 - Other Vases - Page 1
Height 124 mm (4.88 inch), diameter 41 mm (1.61 inch), diameter of mouthrim 26 mm (1.02 inch), diameter of footring 35 mm (1.38 inch), weight 118 grams (4.16 ounce (oz.)),
Cylindrical vase on a footring, the short neck flaring outward at the top with an upturned edge. Decorated in underglaze blue with two baskets, each on a low table, one with a ruyi-sceptre the other with a precious object, in between the baskets a precious object. On the flat shoulder two precious objects. Marked on the base with the single character mark: Yu, (Jade (Yuan to Qing)), in underglaze blue.
Ruyi (如意, lit. 'as desired'; as [you] wish) is a curved decorative object that serves as a ceremonial sceptre in Chinese Buddhissm or a talisman symbolizing power and good fortune in Chinese folklore. A traditional ruyi has a long S-shaped handle and a head fashioned like a fist, cloud, or lingzhi mushroom. (source: Wikipdia)
The Yu, 'jade', character mark is traditionally called the F-mark in the Netherlands and is very common on good-quality blue and white Kangxi export porcelain. (Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p.115)
Vases of this shape first appeared in the 1680s and were among the characteristic wares of the Kangxi period, but their production later gradually waned. Porcelain objects of smaller dimensions represented an important segment of imported goods, because they served in Europe as supplementary ornaments of aristocratic interiors. (Suchomel 2015, p.183, cat. 66)
For similarly shaped or decorated vases, please see:
- Chinese ceramiek, catalogue Haags Gemeentemuseum, (B. Jansen, De Tijdstroom, Lochem, 1976), p.105, cat. 241.
- Pronken met Oosters Porselein, exhibition catalogue Gemeentemuseum Arnhem, (S. Hartog, Zwolle, 1990), p.83, cat. 81.
- 300 Treasures, (F. Suchomel, Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, Prague, 2015), p.183, cat. 66.
Condition: A firing flaw and some tiny fleabites to the footring.