This beautiful large Chinese blue and white vase is decorated in cobalt blue and copper red. Shown are the “Three Symbols of Abundance,” namely, peaches, pomegranates, and citrus (known in Chinese culture as “Buddhist hand”). The fruits convey the auspicious message of longevity and prosperity to any potential owner. The neck of the vase is adorned with a band of stylized banana leaves. The base of the vase is decorated with a meander pattern, and a band of lotus panels.
This vase, filled with flowers, would be wonderful in an entranceway greeting people when they come into a home or enter a room. It could also be placed on a mantle with flowering branches.
Qing dynasty, late 19th or early 20th century
H 14 in. x Dm 7.75 in.
Blue and white porcelain was first mass produced under the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368). Baked at a high temperature, porcelain is characterized by the purity of its kaolin clay body. Potters of the subsequent Ming dynasty (1368–1644) perfected these blue and white wares so that they soon came to represent the virtuosity of the Chinese potter. Jingdezhen, in Jiangxi Province, became the center of a porcelain industry that not only produced imperial wares, but also exported products as far as Turkey, and later beginning in the late 1500s to Europe. The production of fine Chinese porcelains continued until the end of the Qing dynasty.
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