The slender pear-shaped vase stands on a straight foot rising to a waisted neck and flaring brown-dressed rim. The sides are painted in underglaze blue with two descending cranes and four wispy clouds. The creamy glaze is suffused with a fine even crackle. The base and interior are glazed. The base is inscribed with the character fu in underglaze blue.
17,5 cm high
Provenance: Formerly in the private collection of Elisabeth Hendriks, Amsterdam
The present vase belongs to an interesting group, all with acrackled creamy glaze, thick cobalt blue decoration, brown rims and single-character marks on the base. Several examples decorated with flowers and butterflies were excavated in Jiangxi province from tombs datable to 1624, 1620-28 and 1634. Examples are in the Indianapolis Museum of Art(1) It has been suggested that these vases were produced at the Jizhou kilns in Jiangxi province
(1) Stephen Little, 'Chinese Ceramics of the Transitional Period: 1620-1683', Washington, 1989, Pl. 4