Chinese porcelain blue and white, underglaze copper-red and white-slip-decorated celadon-ground rouleau vase, decorated with the “Eight Horses of Mu Wang”, each in a different pose amongst pine trees, wutong, rockwork and clumps of grass, the lip and interior glazed white, the base with an underglaze-blue double ring.

12 1/2 inches, 31.8 cm high.

Kangxi, circa 1700.


Excellent apart from a bubble burst to one horse.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in an English private collection, Somerset.
  • Included by Marchant in their exhibition Imperial Chinese Porcelain, Ceramics and Works of Art, 2013, no. 14, pp. 32-33.
  • Published by Marchant in their exhibition of Kangxi Underglaze Blue & Copper-Red, 2016, no. 30.
  • A yanyan vase with similar design in the Umezawa Kinenkan Museum, Japan, is illustrated in, Shincho Kôgei No Bi, pl. 19, p. 13; another, in The Palace Museum, Beijing is illustrated in Compendium Collections in The Palace Museum, Volume 22, no. 184, pp. 272-273.