REF No. 6493
chinese export porcelain famille verte five piece garniture
Kangxi period circa 1700
Height: 11½ inches; 29cm.
A chinese export porcelain five piece garniture painted in the famille verte palette, consisting of three baluster vases and covers and a pair of two-handled bottle vases, each brightly enamelled with mythical beasts, birds, butterflies and flowers.
The main mythical beast shown here is the qilin, the most popular of such fantastical animals. It is peaceful and kind and according to Confucian tradition it appears during the reign of wise and virtuous rulers.