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Subject:Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Candle Holder
Posted By: Nat Wed, Oct 24, 2018 IP: 2600:1702:10b1:2170:

Any feedback on this candle holder purchased mid-1990s? Year, origin, value? Any feedback is welcome - following up this post with a few more. Thank you in advance!

p.s. that's just smudge on the bottom of the piece

Subject:Re: Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Candle Holder
Posted By: Miano Wed, Oct 24, 2018

Hi Nat,

I will assist with this as I have a similar item which is actually a "Tulip Vase".

This is probably an export piece from the Jingdezhen kiln to Europe which contributed to the emergence of Delftware. Export pieces were pioneer trade pieces consigned for Europe to serve courtiers, country gentlemen and rich merchants.

Delftware in the latter sense is one of the types of tin-glazed earthenware or faience in which a white glaze is applied, usually decorated with metal oxides. It also forms part of the worldwide family of blue and white pottery, using variations of the plant-based decoration first developed in 14th century Delftware includes pottery objects of all descriptions such as plates, ornaments and tiles. The most
highly-regarded period of production is about 1640–1740.

Genuine Qing Dynasty Tulip vase with 5 clawed dragon motif.

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18th Century tulip vase with signs of age (chip marks) on the mouth and foot.
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Here is my assessment;
- Genuine porcelain work since it is hand painted and not a transfer print.
- The blue and white motifs are consistent with Chinese artistry.
- it is unmarked hence must be an export piece.

- No visual signs of age, thus it would possibly be a 20th century piece or a late 19th century piece.

In addition, the tulip vases were very popular at The English Court. This should not be surprising since before Queen Mary II and her Dutch husband William of Orange became Queen and King of England, had been living for many years in The Netherlands and was a collector of Blue Delft-ware. She took a great part of her private collection with her to England (William and Mary). The tulip vases at Hampton Court in London are relevant examples. As the Blue Delft-ware had to replace the Chinese porcelain, many of the paintings were Chinese imitations, or inspired on Chinese presentations. Popular were Chinese landscapes depicting Chinese dignitaries. Also Dutch presentations were represented in Chinese style.



URL Title :Genuine Qing Dynasty Tulip vase with 5 clawed dragon motif.

Subject:Re: Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Candle Holder
Posted By: Martin Michels Thu, Oct 25, 2018

This is not a candle holder, it is a tulip vase for holding tulips (or other flowers). Originally these kind of vases were first made a few hundred years ago, when tulips were rare and very valuable (imported from the East). Each hole contained 1 tulip. You can find more of these vases by typing "tulip vase" in Google.
The vase might be Chinese or a Dutch copy. Since this kind of ceramic is not my specialty, hopefully another expert can tell you more about origine and age.
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