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Very Rare Pair of Large Chinese Famille Verte Porcelain Beaker Vases

Kangxi period

Description

Each of fine form, with cylindrical neck with trumpet mouth, and rounded bodies with expanding foot.  Magnificently decorated with reserves of auspicious animals and mythical beasts in outdoor settings, all set upon a stippled green ground further embellished with butterflies. Painted in vibrant famille verte enamels.  The underfoot of each with double rings in underglaze blue.  While the vases have virtually the same decoration it is interesting to see the painting of the animals was done by different hands.  
Height: 25 ¾ inches (65.5 cm).
Ex: European Collection
NOTE:   Vases of this large size and quality are extremely rare.  We know of only a single large vase in Blue and White from the Viscount Leverhulme Collection, now in the Lady Lever Gallery, England.  Another vase of medium size with different decoration in famille verte is in the historic collection of Augustus the Strong is in the Zwinger Museum, Dresden.  Another similar one of medium size was in the J.P. Morgan Collection.  Some smaller variant types in Famille Verte were also in the Augustus the Strong Collection, as well as a pair in Leonard Gow Collection (Scotland, early 1900’s).  

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