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Mille fleurs tall jar
I would like to share one more object with you.
This jar has a little more than 1 feet, and is not very heavy.
I have some issues with this shape that doesn't seem totally correct for a late Qing piece.
I've read somewhere that this drill on the reign mark can be purposeful
, which makes me risk that this work is from the Republic period or even more recent. Despite that I like the floral decoration, but unfortunately I don't have any more information.
I would like to ask for your help regarding age and quality.
In my opinion your item is highly probable to be from the Republic period 1912-1949.
The pictures blur when enlarged but I think I am correct. The drill hole looks good. It's even been rounded!
The turquoise-blue base was a very common colour during the guangxu/other period 1875-1908. It tended to be more of a bluish colour towards the end of the republic period.
Agree with Mark, it’s most probably Republic. The Millefleur pattern can be found in all grades of quality. Yours is a good one. Rather unusual that the flowers are painted so close together. Usually a black or gold background is seen. A lovely find.
It is quite an unusual shape. I wonder why it was drilled only in the base?
Julia's question about why it is only drilled in the base got me looking more closely and I cannot see drill lines and it seems too smoothly tapered in the drill hole so I am wondering if it was made with the hole, then for some reason they decided not to turn it into a lamp and just kept it as a vase? Seems nonsensical, but who knows.
Hi Johnshoe and Julia,
In my opinion the jar has been drilled and converted into a lamp at some stage. It's not been made with a hole but is unusual as it's been carefully rounded on the sides etc. Most I have seen have jagged edges.
The reason I believe the top was not drilled is because it was not used as part of the intended lamp. So it was stored or discarded at the time of use.
Thanks, that's what I assumed but it seemed odd given they had the lid. It is certainly a neat hole and looks to have been drilled later than when it was made.
Maybe it wasn't easy and they decided to leave the lid. 😊
Dear Mark, Julia, Birgit and John,
Thank you so much for the notes!
The blue background with the square mark was what made me think Republic.
The porcelain in this jar is quite thin, maybe whoever drilled looked for an effect using the translucency of the piece and didn't want to damage the lid. But why drill exactly on the mark? Maybe someone who didn't want the work to look like a forgery, or in some context where references to the empire were a problem? I don't know, but it's fun to imagine.
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