KANGXI 1662 – 1722. Chinese Export Porcelain

A Fine 17th Century Chinese Export Porcelain Vase Decorated in a Rich Cobalt Blue, Kangxi Period c.1690-1700. The Slender Baluster Form Decorated with Flower and Plant Panels in a ‘Pencilled’ Technique.


The vase is perfect, the cover has a flake type chip to the knop (see photograph) c.7 x 4 mm and a small rim chip c.4 x 2 mm.
Height : 46.8 cm (18 1/2 inches)
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This Chinese Export Porcelain vase is decorated in a technique which is clearly influenced by European copper-plate engraving of the 17th century. Each panel is painted with scene of plants using cross-hatching and dots to create tone and form, this is entirely different to the traditional Kangxi painting style of outlines filled with graded tonal washes of cobalt blue. This 'engraved' style appears to be short lived as most of the extant pieces relate to porcelain of the 1690's recovered from the Vung Tua cargo.

Kangxi beakers with similar decoration from the Vung Tau Cargo are illustrated in : The Vung Tau Cargo, Chinese Export Porcelain (Christie's Amsterdam April 1992) Lots 64 -85.