Subject:Re: Help with advice on an early 20th C vase
Posted By: Bill H Sat, Jul 20, 2019
In my opinion, your vase looks to be no older than a 3rd quarter, 20th century or somewhat more modern decorative product with an overpainted motif likely consisting of transfer-printed pattern components, which usually are cut & applied separately to a pre-fired ceramic base before enameling and re-firing. The giveaways are black outlines that look more like a newspaper print than freeform brushwork, the brassy gold, and excessive weight, which comes from using a heavier crackled stoneware type of pottery instead of lighter porcelain blank for the vase. The unglazed areas on the stoneware also have fired to a reddish color associated in modern time with gas-fired kilns.
All things considered, the sheer size of your vase might carry it to a US$150-US$250 price in competitive bidding. However, I could not find a precise pattern match for this one in recent live auctions, and I suspect from the unfinished bottom of yours that it originally was made and sold like this for easier drilling as a lamp base. In any event, I'd urge you to review Chinese crane vases at liveauctioneers.com to get a better feel for value yourself. Meanwhile I share the interesting journey of the following crane vase (Links) which is near the height of yours, looks late 20th Century, and also appears to be transfer decorated but in a somewhat superior manner to yours. It is difficult to say for certain if it ever really sold of if the seller was just enforcing an unlisted reserve.