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Large Chinese Ming double gourd vase (Hu-Lu), The square section base and ovoid shaped upper body decorated overall with Shou characters in circular medallions on a styalised cloud pattern ground, the foot with breaking waves, the slightly concave base unglazed. Second half of the 16th century.Provenance; This vase has been sent in for sale by a family with Dutch origins. It has said to have been in their family for generations until its recent discovery by Ewbank Auctioneers.Similar vases are in the Matsuoka Art Museum Japan, The Museum of Asian Art, Pusat Jakarta, Indonesia, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. A similar vase is illustrated by J A Pope in "Chinese porcelain from the Ardebil Shrine" plate 86. Similar vases have been sold in London by Christies, one from the Jingguantang Collection on 3rd November 1996 lot 549 and another on 9th June 1997 lot 67. 24.50
Chip and hairline crack from the chip approx 10cms long; top section bends slightly from the vertical; varient firing faults. See various images.
Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000