Of rare type. Decorated with alternating reserves of land and seascapes, and figural decoration: one with gentlemen in and around a palace; the other with larger scale Court ladies in and around a palace. All very finely painted in bright and deep enamels. The underfoot of each left unglazed. A particularly fine pair- unusual for its shape. The glazed decoration is early in the transition from the Ming wucai (five color) to what would become the full famille verte style.
Kangxi period, ca: late 17th century
Height: 16 ½ inches
A similar pair of vases are in the historic collection of Burghley House, England.