Subject:Re: Polychrome porcelain baluster vase , Chinese?
Posted By: Bill H Thu, Mar 12, 2020
One of my references, the 1998 V&A reprint of Rose Kerr's 1986 book, "Chinese Ceramics--Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty 1644-1911", has a picture on page 25 that came to mind when I saw your vase. It shows a cup with "Eight Immortals" decoration from the 1730-1750 period. The deities are shown crossing the ocean on lotus leaves, their garments and the leaves rendered in bright primary color washes with folds in the robes represented by dark penciling. The decoration on your vase captures a trace of the technique seen in this early example, but in my opinion, doesn't come very close to matching its degree of animation and artistic expression. Unfortunately for our purposes, the book's content is copyrighted against reproduction.
As to age, I'd guess from the figural style that this is late first quarter, 20th century. The puddle of glaze in the middle of the base may have been to conceal damage inflicted when the bottom apparently underwent significant reduction, I suspect on an automatic grinding machine.