A Chinese porcelain blue and white baluster vase. Kangxi 1662-1722.

with flaring ribbed neck, painted with palace scenes of the Emperor and lady musicians in front of a canopied screen, all amongst clouds and rockwork with fencing, the reverse with three different trees all beneath a ribbed neck with bands of keyfret scrolls and studs. The underside with a six-character mark of Chenghua within a double ring. 18 1/4 inches, 46.4 cm high.

Provenance: Formerly in a Dutch private collection.

Note: Two similar vases in the Palace Museum, Beijing are illustrated in Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red (III), The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Beijing, 2000, vol.36, no.21/2, p.26/7 and are also illustrated by Chen Ren Min in The Gu Gong Museum Collection of Qing Dynasty Porcelain, Underglaze Blue of the Shunzhi and Kangxi Periods, 2005, no.286 and 288, p.441 and 445.

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