chinese blue and white vase late 18thearly 19th century

Chinese Blue and White Vase, late 18th/early 19th century



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A fine quality, well painted Chinese vase, most likely of the reign of Emperor Jiaqing, Qing Dynasty (1796-1820).
The cover, or lid, is surmounted by a Dog of Foo; Foo dogs are actually lions. They originated in China, shi, meaning lion or shishi or stone lion. Yet they resemble the Chow Chow and Shih Tzu which led them to be called foo dogs (or fu dogs) in English. They are guardians of the home.
The main body of the vase depicts two four clawed dragons writhing amongst lotus flowers. The lotus conveys the notion of happiness in maturity, creative power and genius. In nature the lotus grows in muddy water but emerges clean from it, thus symbolising purity in adversity.
The dragon in Chinese mythology is lord of the skies and benevolent bringer of rain. In addition, therefore, to symbolising authority, strength and goodness, as of the emperor, it is also symbolic of fecundity and fertilty.
As can be seen in image 4 the rim of the vase has been damaged, however, with the cover in place this is not noticeable.
SIZE: 15 inches tall.
PROVENANCE: In one family for the last 90-100 years.
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Height = 58 cm (23")
Width = 15 cm (6")
Depth = 15 cm (6")

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