Blue and White Delft Large Pear Shaped Vase
This extraordinary Delft vase dates to the late 17th century. It is modeled after Chinese pear-shaped bottles, conventionally known as “yuhuchun bottles,” made since the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). The vase’s designs are partially inspired by traditional Chinese motifs, though the Dutch artisans did incorporate their own artistic ingredients into the design. The top section is graced by two bands of Asian-style decorations, one featuring seaweed scrolls and the other highlighting diamond patterns. These decorations can often be spotted in “Transitional-style” Chinese porcelains (1630-1670). The vase’s body is ornately painted with a lovely garden scene and demonstrates a seamless combination of Eastern and Western decorative elements. While we see classic Chinese garden landscape components such as butterflies, pierced rocks, a long-tailed bird (probably a pheasant), and banana leaves, European-style trefoils and arabesques distinguish the vase from its Oriental counterparts. The soft blue pigment gives the vase a subtle touch. Viewing this exquisite vase reminds its viewer of the eternal charm of nature.
Dimensions: 18.5″ tall x 8.75″ diameter at the widest point.
Current Condition: Excellent with small edge chips invisibly restored.