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Around 1680, Emperor Kangxi (1662–1722) established his authority over all parts of China after a long period of civil strife. The porcelain factories in Jingdezhen that were demolished in 1675 resumed production and within a few years exports were booming. Chinese junks sailed to Batavia, bringing their porcelain to the market. From there, it was shipped to the Netherlands in VOC (Dutch East India Company, 1602–1799) vessels. However, private individuals bypassed the Company and also imported huge quantities of porcelain to Holland. In Europe, a change in dining habits and the introduction of tea and coffee created new demands. New varieties of Chinese export porcelain were produced, including all kinds of Western shapes. Porcelain, sometimes in miniature, was frequently used to decorate house interiors in Europe.

Much porcelain of this period is decorated in a clear, transparent underglaze blue. Popular decorations included the Buddhist lotus motif, a pheasant with long tail feathers on a rock amidst flowers, and the ‘Long Eliza’ with the 'Dancing Fool', the Dutch name for a Chinese lady and a small boy depicted in a garden.

Kangxi porcelain is very well made, with a thin body, a balanced shape and a smooth glaze without impurities. Cobalt blue oxide was subtly applied in varying degrees of saturation, suggesting depth and volume. The colour ranges from a silvery to a deep dark blue; in the best pieces the details and the craftsmanship are amazing. However, due to stricter controls by officials, the freedom and easy way of painting that was so characteristic of the preceding Transitional period now gave way to a more formal style with an emphasis on symmetry and centralism.

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Object 2010213

 

Double-gourd vase

 

China

 

c.1700

 

Height with mount 105 mm (4.13 inch), diameter 53 mm (2.09 inch), diameter of footring 25 mm (0.98 inch)

 

Double-gourd vase on footring Fitted with a gilt-bronze (ormolu) mount (unmarked). Decorated in underglaze blue, the lower part of the body is covered with underglaze light brown, on the shoulder a trellis pattern border with reserves filled with a single flower head. Round the neck decorated with antiquities.

 

For a similar shaped and decorated double-gourd vase, please see:

Condition: Perfect.

 

References:

Hartog 1990, cat.134

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, cat. 140

Schölvinck 2010, pp. 30-31

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 201085

 

Vase

 

China

 

1700-1720

 

Height 100 mm (3.93 inch), diameter 66 mm (2.59 inch), diameter of mouthrim 22 mm (0.87 inch), diameter of footring 30 mm (1.18 inch), weight 116 grams (4.09 ounce (oz.))

 

Vase on footring. Decorated in underglaze blue with around the foot a zig-zag lines pattern border on the body and neck a continuous decoration with flowers, insects and birds flight. On the inner and outer rim zig-zag lines pattern borders.

 

The last two images are of a similarly vase sold by Mr. F.J. Haffmans Kunst en Antiekhandel, Utrecht, the Netherlands, (this vase is not included in this sale/offer) 

 

Condition: A smoothened rim.

  

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2011354

 

Bottle vase

 

China

 

c.1700

 

Height 92 mm (3.62 inch), diameter 56 mm (2.20 inch), diameter of mouthrim 8 mm (0.31 inch), diameter of footring 20 mm (0.79 inch)

 

Bottle vase on footring, compressed globular body surmounted by a tall narrow cylindrical neck, fitted with an unmarked silver mount. Decorated in underglaze blue with a bird in flight below sprays of plum blossom, round the foot a band of ascending lotus petals in low relief. The silver mount is engraved with garlands and scattered flower heads.

 

Condition: A firing flaw to the exterior footring. 

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010980

 

Vase

 

China

 

c.1700

 

Height with cover 102 mm (4.01 inch), diameter 68 mm (2.68 inch), diameter of mouthrim 19 mm (0.75 inch), diameter of footring 32 mm (1.26 inch)

 

Baluster shaped vase on footring. Fitted with Dutch silver mounts (marked). Decorated in underglaze blue with various precious objects, baskets on a table and a vase filled with peacock feathers. The silver mount is marked with a sword, the sword mark was used (1814-1905) as the standard mark on articles too small for the full hallmarking.

 

For a similarly decorated teapot, please see:

Condition: A firing flaw to the footring.

 

Reference:

Kassel 1990, cat. 344

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010211

 

Vase

 

China

 

c.1700, the Dutch silver mounts marked, 1841.

 

Height with cover 95 mm (3.74 inch), diameter 63 mm (2.48 inch), diameter of mouthrim 22 mm (0.87 inch), diameter of footring 30 mm (1.18 inch)

 

Vase of ovoid form on footring. Fitted with Dutch silver mounts (marked). Decorated in underglaze blue with four panels filled with floral sprays painted in hatching-lines technique. Around the shoulder a zig-zag lines pattern border. The silver marks explained, the sword mark was used (1814-1905) as the standard mark on articles too small for the full hallmarking. The letter G stands for the date mark 1841.

 

These criss-cross hatching lines are not a Chinese way of painting on porcelain and may have been influenced by the Dutch. This technique was short-lived for it mostly occurs on blue-and-white export wares around 1700. It occurs on teacups and saucers, beakers and small jars with covers, garnitures and other items. The style was short lived, disappearing in the early 18th century. (Jörg & Flecker 2001, pp.68-69)

 

Condition: Perfect.

 

References:

Jansen 1976, cat. 242

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, cat. 117

Jörg & Flecker 2001, fig 55-58

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010210

 

Vase

 

China

 

1700-1720

 

Height 89 mm (3.50 inch), diameter 60 mm (2.36 inch), diameter of mouthrim 22 mm (0.87 inch), diameter of footring 35 mm (1.38 inch)

 

A spirally moulded ovoid vase on footring. Decorated in underglaze blue with a continuous decoration of flowering branches and insects in flight. Around the neck and foot a spiral pattern border.

 

Condition: A few tiny fleabites and a small firing flaw to the rim, two chips to the footring.

 

Reference:

Jansen 1976, cat. 277

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Objects 2011273 and 2011274

 

A pair of miniature baluster vases

 

China

 

1720-1735

 

2011273: Height 86 mm (3.39 inch), diameter 38 mm (1.50 inch), diameter of mouthrim 45 mm (1.77 inch), diameter of footring 26 mm (1.02 inch)

2011274: Height 86 mm (3.39 inch), diameter 39 mm (1.54 inch), diameter of mouthrim 46 mm (1.81 inch), diameter of footring 27 mm (1.06 inch)

 

A pair of miniature baluster vases on footring with a long wide neck and a trumpet mouth. Decorated in underglaze blue with flowering scrolls and insects in flight. On the rim a zig-zag lines pattern border.

 

Vases of this shape are called yen-yen. The type originated in the middle of the 17th century and developed from a vase with a depressed body to a more harmonious, elongated shape with a body and neck of the same height. The vases represent the mature phase, which would continue until the late Kangxi period. The shape was not part of Qianlong assortment, but was revived in 19th century copies. (Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p.98)

 

Condition:

2011273: Three shallow rough spots to the rim

2011274: A rough spot and a tiny spot on the rim, caused by a plopping bubble of glaze during the firing process.

 

Reference:

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, cat. 88, 88a & 88b

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010219

 

Baluster vase / candlestick

 

China

 

c.1700

 

Height 73 mm (2.87 inch), diameter 50 mm (1.97 inch), diameter of mouthrim 18 mm (0.71 inch), diameter of footring 28 mm (1.10 inch), weight 72 grams (2.54 ounce (oz.))

 

Baluster vase / candlestick on footring. Mounted with an unmarked silver neck. Decorated in underglaze blue with a flowering plant growing from a taihu rock and insects in flight. On the neck a zig-zag lines pattern border.

 

By placing the silver mount the baluster vase was converted into a candle stick. 

 

Condition: A tiny frit to the footring and some irregular glaze spots to the foot.

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010168

 

Bottle vase

 

China

 

c.1700

 

Height 75 mm (2.95 inch), diameter 54 mm (2.13 inch), diameter of mouthrim 13 mm (0.51 inch), diameter of footring 32 mm (1.26 inch)

 

Bottle of compressed globular form on a footring with a glazed base. Decorated in underglaze blue. The compressed globular body surmounted by a tall narrow cylindrical neck, painted round the base with scrolls of flowers and leaves. On the shoulder a spiral border, with an upstanding border of lotus leaves, Around the rim a zig-zag lines pattern border. Marked on the base with the six-character mark: Da Ming Xuan de nian zhi, (Made during the Xuande reign of the Great Ming dynasty (1426-1435)), in a double circle, underglaze blue.

 

An identically decorated bottle is in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Accession number 14.40.296.

 

Condition: A hairline.

 

Reference:

Davison 1994, cat. 1330

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010457

 

Vase

 

China

 

1700-1720

 

Height 98 mm (3.86 inch), diameter 57 mm (2.24 inch), diameter of mouthrim 18 mm (0.71 inch), diameter of footring 27 mm (1.06 inch), weight 85 grams (3.00 ounce (oz.))

 

Pear-shaped vase on footring. Decorated in underglaze blue with four panels each filled with flowering plants growing from a taihu rock. On the shoulder a zig-zag lines pattern border and two flower sprays. Around the rim a zig-zag lines pattern border.

 

Condition: Two tiny chips (restored) to the rim.

 

Price: Sold.

 

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