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Chinese 18th century Blue and White Porcelain Cong vase

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Category
Reference
5114
Height
19 cm (7 1/2")
Qianlong blue and white porcelain Cong vase with moulded and painted decoration on a moulded square cylindrical body. The base and neck are rounded but each of the sides is moulded with a different patterned ground onto which are carved or moulded various animals and trees.

One side has deer with pine trees on a fret back ground. Another has the horses with willow trees on a honeycomb style background. Buddhistic lions and rockwork are below tree peonies with a background of interlaced circles, rather like a stylized version of the pattern of a brocade ball. The final side has a y shaped back ground with sheep / goats below a deciduous tree. These represent 4 of the zodiac animals.



Many of these vases failed to survive the firing and were produced to impress the Emperor and his court. But they are rare items. This was probably a pair, as each vase would have various zodiac animals.
Height
19 cm (7 1/2")
Year
c 1770
Medium
porcelain and silver
Country
China
Condition
The condition is very good with a silver rim to the rim a firing stress flaw to the base