Description A Chinese wucai-decorated porcelain beaker vase
Transitional period, mid 17th Century
With flared lip and foot, slightly raised waist, the neck decorated with The Tang Emperor Xuanzhong and a Daoist magician before the moon goddess Chang E and three female attendants; the slightly swelling waist with floral sprays, the foot with peaches and pomegranates.
H: 18 in.
Acquired by the present owner from a Main Line, Philadelphia estate.
NOTE: The present vase illustrates the story of the Tang Emperor Xuanzhong searching for his ill-fated consort Yang Guifei. This was a popular theme decorating 17th century porcelain, for another vase of different form, circa 1650-1660, illustrating this subject, see Michael Butler et al "Shunzhi Porcelain, Treasures from an Unknown Reign", Seattle, 2002, pp. 206-207, no. 64
Condition Report Moderate surface wear and scattered scratches, scattered small black specks to paste, otherwise generally good condition. Descriptions provided in both printed and on-line catalogue formats do not include condition reports. The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot provided by Freeman's. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Freeman's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the condition report is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Freeman's. For that reason, Freeman's condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. All transactions are governed by Freeman's Conditions of Sale.