CHONGZHEN 1628 – 1644 Transitional Porcelain

A Transitional Blue and White Wall Vase, Late Ming, Chongzhen Period c.1640. Decorated with a Vase of Flowers to the Center Flanked by a Fish-Bowl to the Left and a Jardinière with a Rock to the Right. In Keeping with Other High-Transitional Porcelain there is `V` Shaped Grass. The Flat Back Pieced for Suspension, Below that a Roughly Drawn Apocryphal Chenghua Mark (Ming Dynasty 1465-1487).


Hight : 16.4 cm (6 1/2 inches)
Robert McPherson Antiques A Private English Collection of Chinese Blue and White Porcelain.
Stock number
For another blue and white Transitional Porcelain wall vase of this type see our `Sold Items` stock number 17898.



Apocryphal Marks :
Apocryphal marks are frequently encountered on Chinese porcelain, particularly on Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain but also on Transitional porcelain like the present example. The mark of the Ming Emperor Chenghua who reigned from 1465 to 1487 being by far the most common, other Ming marks include Jiajing (1522-1566) and less frequently Wanli (1573-1620). These marks were not added to the piece to deceive, but more as a sign of reverence to earlier potters of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Occasionally they are used on pieces copying Ming Porcelain, these objects were probably made for collectors who could not afford the Ming original. Tianqi is an early period for such an apocryphal mark.