Large Qianlong Blue and White Porcelain Vase in the Ming Style. The Compressed Globular Body Supports a Tall Neck with a Flared Rim. Finely Painted with `Heaped and Piling` in Imitation of the Classic Ming Blue and White of the Early 15th Century. The Neck Decorated with a Band of Crashing Waves with a Collar of Ruyi-Heads Below. The Body Surrounded by a Band of `Stiff leaves` with the Bajixiang, The `Eight Buddhist Treasures` Above a Complex Intertwined Peony Design. The Design Above the Foot is of Ogee Form with White Against Blue. The Foot Decorated with a Geometric Pattern.
This very well painted blue and white Qianlong vase belongs to a large and varied group of Ming style porcelain produced during the Yongzheng (1723-1735) and Qianlong (1736 – 1795) periods. Some pieces were imperial commissions baring the seal marks of the period, rather than six character reign marks. Possibly the standard script mark was avoided to help show that the piece was in the style of, rather than in imitation of, porcelain produced during the Ming dynasty, the marks rarely if ever copy Ming marks. Few of these pieces are direct copies of early 15th century Ming porcelain, rather they take elements of the designs and paint them in similar ways but use new or adapted shapes. The present piece would probably have been made for a scholar collector.
The Bajixiang, The Eight Buddhist Treasures :
1. Lotus flower. Representing purity and enlightenment.
2. Endless knot, or, the Mandala. Representing harmony.
3. Golden Fish pair. Representing conjugal happiness and freedom.
4. Victory Banner. Representing a victorious battle.
5. Wheel of Dharma or Chamaru in Nepali Buddhism. Representing knowledge.
6. Treasure Vase. Representing inexhaustible treasure and wealth.
7. Parasol. Representing the crown, and protection from the elements.
8. Conch shell. Representing the thoughts of the Buddha.