KANGXI MEIPING VASES
Measurements: vase A: 19.5 cm - height, vase B: 22 cm - height
Description: A blue and white glazed ceramic meiping vases, each with a bell-shaped lid and knop handle, panels of floral ornament and chrysanthemum borders. Meiping (literally 'plum vase') stands for the vase shape since these shapes were characteristically used to display plum branches with blossoms. Extremely delicate and fine examples. For different side views please refer to the photos. Price is per individual item. Please state your preference while ordering.
Blue Chrysanthemum Wreck The samples recovered from the shipwrecked cargo are exclusively Chinese ceramics, in the main blue and white porcelain, all assessed by experts to be excellent examples of early Chinese Kangxi in origin of a quality indicating they were manufactured in the famous porcelain center of Jingdezhen in the Jiangsu Province. Jingdezhen kilns made porcelain over two millennia, since the Han Dynasty period. Blue and white porcelain was the most famous product of Jingdezhen, and reached the height of its technical excellence in the early Ching Dynasty. The very high quality cobalt blue colouring, distinctive on the early Kangxi period fine porcelains where it is referred to as 'gem blue' or 'kingfisher blue', is much purer and brighter than that of Ming Dynasty wares.
Provenance: From the ‘Blue Chrysanthemum Wreck’; lost in the South China sea, late 17th century AD, recovered 2014.
Period: Kangxi Period, Late 17th century AD
Condition: Very fine condition, some dulling of glazed surfaces due to seawater exposure. Small flaws on the lids, a hairline and minor chipping - please refer to the close-up photos.