KANGXI MINIATURE BLUE & WHITE VASES
We are pleased to offer a selection of Chinese export Kangxi miniature vases. Detailed oversized images below:
The exact purpose of these small vases is debated. Some report them as being used for medicine. These small porcelains
are also often described as “doll house vases”, for display in wall cabinets. They can also be referred to as “toy” porcelains.
Whatever the original concept, they hold a unique charm among early Chinese ceramics.
Collecting miniatures was a favorite among aristocracy. Among the influences were the miniature Mogul paintings that flowed
into Eastern Europe in the 1500’s. This affection moved quickly to The Netherlands and thence into England during the reign
of Mary II (1689 -1694). It is said that Her rooms at Kensington Palace were decorated with many small vases on displayed
on gilded brackets and on little ledges, and on any and every available surface. Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) stated that
"The Queen (Mary) brought in the custom or humour, as I may call it, of furnishing houses with China-ware, which
increased to a strange degree afterwards, piling their China upon the tops of cabinets, scrutores, and every chymney-piece,
to the top of the ceilings, and every setting up of shelves for their China-ware, where they wanted such places, till it
became a grievance in the experience of it, and even injurious to their families and estates".
Kangxi Miniature Baluster Vase & Cover (Long Eliza)
Of shouldered baluster form with panels of Long Eliza decoration within upright lotus panels
alternating with blooming upright prunus, beneath an upper panel painted with a dancing boy,
also alternation with blooming prunus, the knopped lid with foliate decoration;
Tien (Jade) mark verso*
"Long Eliza:" is a corruption of the Dutch "Lange Lijzen (Lyzen)", which is loosely translated "Dutch Dawdlers".
It usually refers ladies of the court form late Ming period, depicted on Chinese blue and white porcelain
as slender elegant standing ladies .
*Note: The “Jade” mark was reserved for the finest porcelains, which were equated with the prized jade hardstone
4-7/8" High x 2-1/4" diameter
Pair of Kangxi Miniature Rouleau Vases
Of slender cylindrical form with everted rims painted with scholar’s items between zigzag and diaper borders
The 'Rouleau' form was particularly popular during the Kangxi reign, and again in the 19th century.
Condition: Each with minor burst glaze bubbles around foot; one with a normal firing flaw to the base
3-1/2"& 3-3/8" High / 1-3/8" Diameter
Kangxi Miniature Square Urn with Dragon Handles
Of square shaped form, painted with a blooming prunus spray and lotus petals, sided by applied dragon head handles
The dragon in mythology symbolizes authority, strength and goodness, and is Lord of the skies and the bringer of rain.
Condition: Minor glaze nick to each corner of the base; several burst glaze bubbles to body;
minor fritting to the top rim; firing flaw at one handle attachment, visible in image at above right
4-1/8" High x 1-1/8" Square
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OUR COLLECTION OF MINIATURE ("TOY") PORCELAINS
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(Left to Right) :
Diminutive Qianlong Rouge de Fer Coffee or Chocolate Cup, c1770
Pair of Kangxi Miniature Rouleau Vases, c1662-1722
Pair of Ming Iron Red Painted Teabowls, c1590 - 1620
Qianlong Figure of a Boy, c1750
Qianlong "Cockerel" Coffee Cup, c1750-60
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M. Ford Creech Antiques & Fine Arts / 581 South Perkins Road / Memphis, TN 38117 / USA / Wed.-Sat. 11-6, or by appointment
Kangxi Miniature Blue & White Porcelains