Chinese Kangxi Blue and White Export Ware Meiping Vases
A pair of blue and white glazed ceramic Meiping vases, each with bell-shaped lid and knob handles. The vases feature panels of floral ornament with birds and insects.
Both are 19 cms tall.
Date: Late 17th Century AD Period: Kangxi Period, Qing Dynasty Provenance: From the 'Blue Chrysanthemum Wreck'; lost in the South China sea, late 17th century AD, recovered 2014. Condition: Fine condition. Some chipping and light abrasions, dulling of glazed surfaces due to seawater exposure.
Excellent examples of Kangxi Pottery have been recovered from the Blue Chrysanthemum shipwreck. Their high quality indicates that they were manufactured in the famous porcelain centre of Jingdezhen, in the Jiangxi Province, China. Blue and white porcelain was the most famous product of Jingdezhen, and reached the height of its technical excellence in the early Qing Dynasty.
The distinctive, high-quality, cobalt blue colouring of the Kangxi period is referred to as ‘gem blue’ or ‘kingfisher blue’, and is purer and brighter than that of Ming Dynasty wares.
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