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.

J. Pierpont Morgan, New York, no. 1464 (Label); Duveen Brothers, New York; The Norton Simon Foundation (1964); Loan Los Angeles County Museum (1965-1971); Sold at Parke-Bernet Galleries, May 1971, Lot 36; Private Collection, USA (2017)


Vanderven Oriental Art

"Chinese Works of Art"

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