The bottle vases have a flat body surmounted by a slender cylindrical neck with a raised ring halfway, and a lipped mouth rim. The body is painted in pencilled style with a dense pattern of lotus heads growing from tendrils extending to the lower part of the neck below a border of flames and a zigzag border encircling the mouth. The bases are inscribed with a six-character Xuande mark written in three rows within a double ring. One vase soft paste, hua shi.
7 cm high
Provenance: Formerly in a Dutch private collection Acquired from Elisabeth Hendriks, Amsterdam, 1985
An almost identical soft paste example is in the Percival David Collection, The British Museum, London, museum no. PDF.641. An almost identical porcelain vase is illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume Two, pl. 751.
A similar pair is illustrated by Hobson in 'The Catalogue of the Leonard Gow Collection of Chinese Porcelain ', pl. XIX, no. 88, London 1931