Pair of Petite Garden Pavilion Fantail Vases

c. 1900
$1,880 USD
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Dimensions
H: 9.0" Dia: 4.0"
Materials
Porcelain
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Collection #
CBMH013
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$225

Unusual for the petite size, this pair of vases is a beautiful example of fencai ware, meaning "powdery color." Manufactured in the Qing court’s imperial workshops, this technique of overglazing porcelain with enamel gets its name from the white, opaque enamels used to create color gradients and a soft, pastel effect. Each vase depicts a wandering scholar who pauses to accept the gift of a ripe peach. The sage regards the fruit with keen appreciation, understanding it as a powerful emblem of longevity, springtime, and marriage. The young woman’s generosity is acknowledged by the presence of a pine tree, a symbol of constancy and friendship.

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