Pair Chinese Porcelain Vases Famille Verte Scholars Antique Qing 清代
A pair of antique Chinese porcelain vases enamelled in the Famille Verte palette with a continuous mirrored scene of scholars in a rock garden. One standing figure appears to be royalty, as he is dressed in a long yellow coloured robe (a colour usually reserved for the emperor), he is about to paint calligraphy on a large flat faced rock. There is a young boy attendant standing next to him holding his ink stone.
There is another old bearded scholar dressed in green robes seated nearby in front of a colourful fence. He is talking to a cross legged seated young man who has a Mala or Buddhist prayer beads in one hand and a fly whisk in the other. The fly-whisk is one of the traditional symbols of Buddhist monastic hierarchy in China, it represents the symbolic "sweeping" of ignorance and mental afflictions.
The base, shoulder and rim have a colourful stylised floral diaper border. The base has two small cartouches front and back with a small garden scene. There are two green enamelled applied lion dog or Fu dog head handles at the sides of the shoulder, which has a pomegranate and plantain leaf border above.
This beautiful pair of vases were made during the Qing dynasty 清代 in the late 19th or early 20th Century. The bases are unmarked.
The vases are in fair antique condition, both have old filled and disguised chips (restoration) to the rims, reflected in the price. One pair of handles is set marginally lower than the other. This is a very attractive pair of vases to add to any collection of antique Chinese porcelain or simply as a statement pair in any interior.
Height 10 inches (25.5 cm)
Diameter 4 1/4 inches (10.8 cm)
Weight 1.36 Kg unpacked
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