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Large Chinese powder blue baluster vase and cover, Kangxi (1662-1722)

The body decorated with three large shaped panels enclosing a phoenix flying above flowers issuing from rockwork and a duck in a pond, with smaller panels variously enclosing flowers issuing from rockwork, butterflies, birds, a figure in a boat, surrounded by gilded lotus scroll, fish and crustacean, and a band of ruyi to the shoulder on a powder blue ground, the cover similarly decorated, height (including lid).

For a similar example see the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Accession Number:

1955-50-257a,b. The Western term "powder blue" was coined in reference to the technique used to create these pieces; the glaze was applied as a powder blown through a bamboo tube onto the body while the small panels which were to be later decorated were covered during this process.


18 1/2in. (47 cm.)

Condition report

Areas of regilding, fritting to the foot, tiny flake to underside of cover, three chips to internal rim of cover

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