REF No. 6617
Large pair of Chinese export porcelain black ground vases & covers
Yongzheng period circa 1735
Height: 36 inches; 90cm
A very fine pair of Chinese export porcelain vases of baluster form, with domed covers, brightly painted in famille rose enamels with panels of domestic scenes reserved on a ground of flowers on black, the knops as Dogs of Fo.
These elegant vases show a sophisticated use of the coloured panels reserved against a black ground. This type is sometimes erroneously call famille noire, which it resembles, but that categorisation refers to a black enamel painted directly onto the biscuit, rather than as here over the glaze with green enamel. True famille noire is very rare and found mainly on earlier Kangxi pieces, with many well known examples now being thought to have had the black enamel added in the nineteenth century.