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A large blue and white sleeve vase, Transitional period, circa 1640-1650. Estimate $25,000 – $35,000. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2015

The tapering, cylindrical vase is decorated with two leaf-shaped panels that contain a moonlit scene of birds or geese with blossoming branches, with scattered floral branches around the panels and on the waisted neck. The flat base is unglazed. 17 ½ in. (44.1 cm.) high – Lot 3550. Price Realized $43,750

Provenance: Jan van Beers, London, 1984.
Collection of Julia and John Curtis.

Notes: While vases of this shape are known in the West as the rolwagen, the shape in fact is originally Chinese (see Stephen Little, Chinese Ceramics of the Transitional Period: 1620-1683, New York, 1984, p. 68). Examples of the shape were included in the Hatcher Cargo, a Chinese junk that sank in the South China Sea, circa 1643-1646, and include the vase sold at Christie’s New York, 20-21 March 2014, lot 2137.

CHRISTIE’S. AN ERA OF INSPIRATION: 17TH-CENTURY CHINESE PORCELAINS FROM THE COLLECTION OF JULIA AND JOHN CURTIS, 16 March 2015,New York, Rockefeller Plaza

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