CATALOGUE NUMBERS 0110 & 0111
PAIR OF BLUE & WHITE TASSEL VASES
KANGXI PERIOD (1661-1722)
Height: 10 ¼ inches
Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York, 1998
A pair of blue and white tassel vases. The bottle shaped vases are of similar form, each with globular body, slender long cylindrical neck, everted rounded lip, and splayed pedestal foot with deeply recessed underfoot. The body of each is decorated with tasseled hanging baskets, musical jades, and vases, bordered at the top with a ruyi head band and at the bottom with a band of lotus and tendrils. The foot rims are decorated with pendant flower and tendril designs. The necks are decorated with palmettes, ruyi head bands, and pendant floral and tendril designs. The decoration is all drawn in rich and vibrant underglaze cobalt blue upon a luminous white ground. The deep recessed underfoot of each vase bears double rings enclosing a fungus and leaf mark, all drawn in underglaze cobalt blue.
A very similar vase is in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, and is illustrated and described in Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, A Complete Catalogue, Vol. III, by Regina Krahl and John Ayers, p.1011, No. 2157.