Description This bottle shaped vase, with a bulge in the neck and flared mouth, is one of a pair painted in underglaze cobalt blue on white porcelain. They are examples of export porcelain from China to Europe or the Near East and include a mixture of cultural motifs. Elaborate floral decorations covering the body and neck of the vase are influenced by Turkish Isnik pottery. Where the shoulder and neck meet are trefoil designs filled with chrysanthemum sprays, a common domestic decoration. Transitional period (ca. 1620-83) blue and white porcelain concentrated heavily on foreign markets and private commissions. The Manchu occupation in China closed the larger imperial kilns at Jingdezhen, original the primary location for the production of porcelains. During this period, private kilns with both private and foreign customers were able to produce high quality blue and white porcelain.
Provenance William T. or Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions mark: leaf
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters
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