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Chinese Famille Verte Soft Paste Baluster Vase

Kangxi period, AD 1662-1722


Decorated with reserves of figures in landscapes, animals, and Precious Antiques.
All painted upon a characteristic bright white ground.
Height: 18 inches (46 cm.)
Soft paste (Hua Shih) was a lighter weight and white porcelaneous material that was usually reserved for smaller objects.  Larger examples from the Kangxi period were also made, usually by coating the outer surface of a porcelain vessel in soft paste, creating a canvas-like ground. The famous Jesuit Pere D’Entrecolles in his letter of 1722 described this process that he observed at the Jingdezhe kilns.

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