TWO AUBERGINE-GROUND FAMILLE VERTE PEAR-SHAPED VASES
CATALOGUE NUMBERS 0251 & 1545
FAMILLE VERTE PEAR-SHAPED VASES
KANGXI PERIOD (1661-1722)
Height of 0251: 12 inches
Height of 1545: 11 ½ inches
Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York, 2000 (0251)
Roger Keverne, Ltd., London, 2003 (1545)
Pair of famille verte aubergine ground bottle shaped "tassel" vases, of pear-shaped form with long cylindrical neck, sloping shoulders, and globular body, resting upon
a short pedestal base with slightly recessed underfoot.
Decorated with alternating archaic vases on stands and hanging baskets that are ornamented with elaborate tassels. The shoulder is decorated with lotus heads and tendrils in famille verte upon a rouge de fer ground, and the neck, with flower and tendrils in famille verte upon an aubergine ground. Around the lip is another band of lotus and tendrils painted in famille verte on a white ground.
The recessed underfoot is glazed white. Background: Vases of this type are known in blue and white and more rarely in famille verte. It is very rare to encounter examples with colored grounds.
Related Examples: The only other such recorded examples with aubergine grounds is a pair illustrated in Chinese Porcelain and Hard Stones by Gorer and Blacker, 1911, Volume II, Pl. 192.