Pair of Chinese porcelain blue and white vases and covers of meiping form, each painted with a pair of dragons ascending and descending in pursuit of flaming pearls amongst stylised ruyi-clouds and flames above crested waves, the lower register with a wide band of galloping horses above crested waves and rockwork, the high shoulder with four characters, yu tang jia qi, ‘precious vessel of the jade hall’, on a blue keyfret ground, all beneath a short neck with galleried rim, the flat covers with fu-character encircled by ruyi-heads.

10 3/4 inches, 27.3 cm high.

Wanli, 1573-1619.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • From a private European collection.
  • Purchased from Chinese Arts & Crafts (HK) Ltd., 1st August 1991, together with certificate of authenticity, no. CACT91-087.
  • A larger meiping with the same shaped neck and galleried rim painted with figures is illustrated by Regina Krahl and John Ayers in Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, Vol. II, Yuan and Ming Dynasty Porcelains, no. 1286, pp. 726/7.
  • It is extremely unusual for the flat original covers to have survived. Also a pair of meipings is an unusual feature.