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About the object
Pair of Chinese blue and white bottle vases, Kangxi (1662-1722), the body decorated with two mythical beasts with forked tails and tufted heads above a band of waves chasing the flaming pearl among cloudscrolls, the neck decorated with flower sprays, scrollwork and stiff leaves, the splayed foot with lotus-scrolls, flower mark to base.
These mythical beasts may have been inspired by European heraldic designs of lions. For a similar vase in the Rijksmuseum see, Jorg, Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam pl. 319, p. 276. An example can also be found in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Accession No. 47.86 Provenance: The Avalon Collection.