A blue and white vase and cover
Chongzhen period (1628-1644)
The octagonal vase is painted with a continuous scene of the scholar Wang Xizhi seated watching an attendant who approaches holding a goose. From the other side another servant is approaching holding a qin wrapped in silk. The broad shoulder is painted with a band of ruyi-shaped panels in blue reserved with floral scrolls. The cover is painted with a floral scroll.
35 cm high
A Dutch private collection
A similar vase, but without cover and painted with scholars in conversation is illustrated by Stephen Little in Chinese Porcelain of the Transitional Period: 1620-1683, 1983, China Institute In America, New York, pl. 28. See also S.T. Yeo and Jean Martin, Chinese Blue and White Ceramics, Singapore, 1978, pl. 248.