CHONGZHEN or SHUNZHI c.1640 – 1650
A Late Ming or Early Qing Blue and White Porcelain Vase, Chongzhen 1628-1644 (Ming Dynasty) or Shunzhi 1644-1661 (Qing Dynasty) c.1640-1650. The Slender Pear Shaped Form Painted in the `Pencilled` Style with Bamboo and a Flowering Plant Growing from Rocks. The Reverse with Insects in Flight. The Mounts are Dutch Silver and date to c.1850-1870.
The present vase can be dated to c.1640 – 1650 as it is extremely similar to a number of slender blue and white porcelain vases recovered from the Hatcher Cargo of c.1643 (see `History` for more details). Apart from the pieces recovered from the Hatcher Wreck very few vases of this type are known.