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DEHUA GU-SHAPED VASE

17TH CENTURY

22.6 cm high

The vase stands on a splayed base with a channelled foot rising to a rounded mid-section above two recessed borders. A raised band separates the mid-section from the widely spreading neck with flaring mouth rim. The exterior and inside of the mouth are covered with a rich and thick creamy white glaze. The recessed base is unglazed except for a neatly wiped circle of glaze in the center. the lower part of the interior is left unglazed.

The present vase is heavily potted and applied with a warm creamy glaze, indicating a 17th-century date of manufacture. The shape is inspired from ancient ritual bronze wine vessels, Gu. While some ancient bronze-inspired pieces from Dehua are decorated with Archaic motifs, the present vase is simple and gracious, its elegant shape accentuated by the recessed and raised borders and the channelled foot. 

 

Provenance:

A private American collection