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
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".
3-1/2"& 3-3/8" High / 1-3/8" Diameter
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(Left to Right) :
Pair of Kangxi Miniature Rouleau Vases, c1662-1722
Pair of Ming Iron Red Painted Teabowls, c1590 - 1620
Qianlong Figure of a Monkey, c1750
Qianlong "Cockerel" Coffee Cup, c1750-60
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Pair of Kangxi Miniature Rouleau Blue & White Vases, China, c1662-1722