Late Ming – Early Qing imitate Yuan Blue and White Porcelain Vase – Folk Kiln with Conch Shell Mark
Richly decorated and full of interesting details, this rare vase from the late Ming Dynasty seeks to imitate the drawing style of the Yuan Dynasty.
The base is adorned with elegant arches that makes way for a seductive waisted body decorated at the bottom with the figures of charming fish, crabs, geese, and cranes; all in their natural habitats, surrounded by algae, flowers, and crustaceans, and framed by elegant cartouches, which in turn are surrounded by the traditionally rounded waves. On top of these, passing a floral scroll defined by two grooves carved in the pottery, are four illustrations of animals that are the main attraction of this design; each framed in a sumptuous cartouche.
The first is a boldly painted peacock with open wings and surrounded by splendid roses among winding stems, wavy leaves and ferns.
The second is a majestic Qilin magnificently depicted with its head held high and surrounded by vegetation, with the sea in the distance.
The third is of an exquisitely detailed fish, accompanied by undulating aquatic plants.
The fourth is that of a fierce Kylin, vividly painted with its mouth open and a serpentine tongue sprouting threateningly from it; surrounded by chrysanthemums, azaleas, and wavy stems with leaves.
The four figures are surrounded by leafy stems from which splendid daffodils emerge. The shoulders taper gently upward with superb illustrated roses and chrysanthemums, giving way to a slender neck with sophisticated ferns pointing to the sky and a rim with exquisite floral scrolling and flared edges.
Height: 45 cm
Diameter: 35 cm