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Chinese Qing Blue and White Porcelain Vase with Foo Dogs and Double Happiness

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A Qing Chinese porcelain vase with baluster-form, hand-painted with cobalt blue decoration of "shuang-xi" or "double happiness" symbol representing happiness in marriage, amid continuous scrolling vines interspersed with poppy flowers, a symbol for beauty and success. The neck and shoulder have a geometric key design, and there are applied sculpted porcelain foo dogs for handles. "Foo", "fu" or "shi" dogs are actually the lion guardians that historically were considered to offer protection. China, circa 1900 or earlier. Chinese art is rich in symbolism. Since Chinese is a language with many homophones, with the sound of a word sounding much like the sound of a concept or series of words, it has given rise to a vast language of symbols that is transmitted in Chinese art & culture. For example, the word for "vase" is "Ping" - which is a symbol for peace, since the word "vase" in Chinese sounds much like the word for "peace”. Measures: 4 3/4" diameter x 10" height.  

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  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    There is a small shallow imperfection that occurred in the firing on the inside neck that has no glazing. Otherwise vase is in very good condition.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 10 in. x Dm 4.75 in.H 25.4 cm x Dm 12.07 cm
  • Diameter
    4.75 in. (12.07 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Miami, FL
  • Seller Reference Number
    #116 A
  • Item Location
    1stdibs GalleryNew York, NYMore Information
  • Reference Number
    LU988113204221
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