Chinese Blue and White Small Vase Made of Soft-Paste Porcelain


This delicate Chinese blue and white bud vase was made in the early18th century. Hand-painted in shades of cobalt blue, it shows peonies emanating from rockwork. The vase has an elegant, slender form that rises to a flared lotus form rim. It is supported on an oval-shaped foot. The body has a milky-white glaze, which crackled when fired (see image #s 2.5.6)

Dimensions: 5″ in height x 2.6″ across x .8″ deep

Condition: Excellent with the very, very slightest roughness on the upper edge.

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Unlike European porcelain, which began with soft-paste porcelain, Chinese porcelain began with hard paste. It is common to regard all Chinese production as hard-paste until bone china began to be made there in the 20th century. However, a classification of “Chinese soft-paste porcelain” is often recognized by museums and auction houses. It refers to pieces of Chinese porcelain, mainly from the first half of the 18th century, that are less translucent than most Chinese porcelain and have a milky-white glaze, which is prone to crackling, as is our vase (see images #2, #5, #6). Chinese soft-paste porcelain was possibly made from a hard-paste body that did not reach a sufficiently high firing temperature or used a different glaze formula.

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