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'Long Eliza' Vases

 

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The decoration on the vases in this category show one of the most popular motifs used for decoration on export porcelain during the Kangxi period. Slender Chinese women in a garden may reflect a literary source, or may merely be depictions of beautiful ladies, but in combination with a dancing boy, his arm in the long sleeves of his garment, this motif probably comes from a deeper, older cultural layer. As recent research has shown, the dancing boy is connected to New Year's festivities and exorcism practises. In this context, the woman may be a personification of Xiwangmu, The Queen Mother of the West and a symbol of immortality. In the Netherlands, the lady and the boy were known by their Dutch names 'Lange Lijs' and 'Zotje', names that were taken over in English as 'Long Eliza' and 'the Fool'. They were the epitome of Chinese exoticism for the Western beholder and served as a model for numerous imitations in chinoiserie settings. (Jörg 2011/2, p. 37)

2010993
2010993

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Object 2010993

 

Vase

 

China

 

c.1700

 

Height 124 mm (4.88 inch), diameter 46 mm (1.81 inch), diameter of mouthrim 29 mm (1.14 inch), diameter of footring 30 mm (1.18 inch)

 

Vase on footring. Dutch silver mount. Decorated in underglaze blue, the high knopped foot with three flower sprays, on the ovoid sides moulded panels filled with a standing 'Long Eliza' figure alternating with moulded panels filled with flowering peony plants growing from a basket. On the shoulder three flower sprays and around the neck a waves pattern border. The Dutch silver neck has the 925 (purity) mark as the standard mark on articles too small for the full hallmarking

 

Condition: Perfect.

 

Reference:

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, cat. 91 

 

Price: Sold.

 

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2010492

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Object 2010492

 

Vase

 

China

 

1700-1720

 

Height 97 mm (3.82 inch), diameter 55 mm (2.17 inch), diameter of mouthrim 25 mm (0.98 inch), diameter of footring 32 mm (1.26 inch)

 

Baluster vase on footring. The rim unglazed inside for cover, now missing. Decorated in underglaze blue with a lotus leaves pattern border around the foot. On the waist panels showing a flowering peony plant alternating with two panels filled with a 'Long Eliza' figure standing in a fenced garden holding a flowering stem. On the shoulder panels showing flowering branches alternating with little dancing boys, around the neck scrolls of flowering branches. Marked on the base with the single character mark: Yu, (Jade (Yuan to Qing)), underglaze blue.

 

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)

 

Condition: A "J" and Y"-shaped hairline to the rim.

 

References:

Davison 1994, cat. 33

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, cat. 91 & 116

Jörg 2002/2, cat. 61

 

Price: Sold.

 

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201087

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Object 201087

 

Vase

 

China

 

c.1700

 

Height 66 mm (5.11 inch), diameter 48 mm (2.56 inch), diameter of mouthrim 26 mm (1.18 inch), diameter of footring 33 mm (1.77 inch)

 

Baluster shaped vase on footring. Decorated in underglaze blue with around the foot a lotus leaves pattern border. On the body two rows of six moulded panels, the lower, lotus-petal shape panels are filled with a flowering plant alternating with two panels filled with little dancing boys, the upper panels show a panel filled with a flowering plant alternating with two panels filled with a 'Long Eliza' figure holding a flower. Around the shoulder panels filled with flowers and a zig-zag lines border. On the neck various flowering plants. Marked on the base with the single character mark: Yu, (Jade (Yuan to Qing)), in underglaze blue.

 

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)

 

Condition: A tiny J- and Y-shaped hairline both to the rim and some glaze rough spots.

 

References:

Davison 1994, cat. 33

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, cat. 91 & 116

 

Price: Sold.

 

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