Triple Gourd Vase

Porcelain Height 101.9 cm (39.8 in.) Kangxi Period, 1662-1722

The large size of this vase testifies to the remarkable technical achievement of the Jingdezhen potters in the early 18th century. It would have been made in parts and then ‘looted’ together before entering the kiln. The failure rate when firing such monumental pieces was very high, making them a rarity and expensive to produce. Such large scale porcelain was no doubt intended for one of the European courts. The collection of Augustus the Strong in Dresden, still holds several similar vases in its collection.

Provenance
John Pierpont Morgan Collection of Chinese Ceramics; Joseph and Ben Duveen Brothers, Inc. Collection; The Norton Simon Foundation, acquired 1965; Parke-Bernet Galleries, Sale 3204, May 7-8, 1971, Lot 36; Private collection, USA

EXHIBITOR

Vanderven Oriental Art

"Chinese Works of Art"

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