A Large Chinese Export Porcelain Blue and White Gu Shaped Vase c.1700. Decorated in the `Pencilled` Style Using a Clear Bright Cobalt Blue. The Decoration is Divided into Three Registers Depicting Different Types of Flowering Scrolling Foliage. The Panels are Separated by Various Geometric Borders. The Base with an Auspicious Lozenge Mark.
Condition: One long rim chip to the rim which has now been repaired, 48mm x 7mm (at its widest). The vase is slightly wobbly.
Blue and white Kangxi porcelain vases of this type were supplied as part of a five piece garniature or sold as pairs, or perhaps individually. The type of decoration displayed here has similarities with some of the pieces recovered from a shipwreck that is contemporary with the present vase, the Vung Tau Cargo, which dates to c.1690-1700. The present example is competently painted, the brushstrokes are vigorously applied, adding a dynamic rhythm to what could otherwise have been a rather drap design. The painting is further lifted by the good quality cobalt employed, and also because of the pure white porcelain which has been given a lustrous clear glaze.