CELADON-GLAZED YEN-YEN BEAKER VASE
CATALOGUE NUMBER 0065
KANGXI PERIOD (1661-1722) WITH
SIX-CHARACTER CHENGHUA MARK
Height: 15 ¾ inches
Arts of Asia Gallery, Gray's Antique, London, 1998
A carved celadon yen yen vase; the lower section carved with a rustic scene comprising a hut nestling in a grove of trees amid a rock strewn landscape with a standing figure sailing in a boat to the foreground near the edge of a lake, the central section carved with a pair of lithe guei dragons modeled with bifurcated tails and fore claws raised above sprays of sacred lingzhi fungus, the upper section similarly carved with huts to the foreground shaded by trees near a rocky outcrop by the edge of a lake with wooded slopes and distant mountain peaks in the background. The base with a Chenghua six-character mark in underglaze blue.
A celadon vase of identical form similarly carved with landscapes and with dragons in relief to the central section was included in an exhibition entitled Iron in the Fire held at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, May 10 - June 19, 1988 in conjunction with the Oriental Ceramic Society and is included in a book of the same title.