The pear-shaped body rising from a round convex base to a tall cylindric neck with a small opening, masterfully painted with three running mythical beasts, a bixie, a buddhist lion and a deer, implying power, avoidance of evil spirits and nobility, in soft copper-red silhouettes, their eyes dramatically picked out in underglaze blue.
The use of copper-red at Jingdezhen was revived under the Kangxi Emperor after the decline in its usage after the 15th century in his quest to reproduce classic Ming porcelain designs. The high level of technical knowledge of the potters is evident in their ability to control the temperamental copper-red pigment to produce finely painted and fired wares. The present vase is an outstanding example for this ability as the simple yet skillfully applied brush strokes, in which the three mythical animals have been executed, are still clearly visible.
Shape: Bottle vase
Weight: 2478 grams
Dimensions: Height 48,5 cm
Condition: Perfect condition
Provenance: Austrian private collection
Literature comparison: See also smaller vases of this type, such as one in the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, illustrated in Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1998, pl. 79; another included in the exhibition The Wonders of the Potter’s Palette. Qing Ceramics from the Collection of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1984, catalogue number 9.
Auction result comparison: IMPORTANT CHINESE ART. Sotheby’s, 09 NOVEMBER 2016, LONDON, lot 144. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. Christies, London, 11 May 2010, lot 245. (both for related vases)