Chinese porcelain blue and white vase of phoenix-tail form, yan yan, feng wei zun, decorated on the body and neck with branches of flowering prunus on a blue crackled ice ground, between crenulated bands at the rim and foot and divided by three blue lines at the shoulder, the base with a double ring.
17 1⁄2 inches, 44.3 cm high.
Kangxi period, 1662-1722.

  • Formerly in the collection of Tang Shaoyi (1862-1938), the first prime minister of the Republic of China, and thence by descent.
  • A similarly decorated bottle vase in the Victoria and Albert Museum is illustrated by Sir Harry Garner in Oriental Blue & White, plate 71, p. 46, where the author notes that this group “shows great skill in a plum blossom design reserved on a blue ground. This style of decoration is more usually found on the so-called ‘ginger jars’, one of the most popular forms of blue and white, which has been copied extensively right up to the present day.”
  • Yan yan, feng wei zun vases of this design are rare.

青花冰梅紋鳳尾尊 清康熙 唐紹儀先生舊藏

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