Chinese Works of Art Item 547
A 19th century Chinese blue and white crocus vase, copying earlier delft (Dutch) similar piece. Modelled as five conjoined baluster vases around a long central tapering neck terminating in a crocus-head mouth painted to the body with phoenix between peonies, hibiscus, scrolling flowers ruyi-heads around the shoulders, the neck decorated with upright flower stems.
The hollow stem above a body of gourd form, having six openings, the whole decorated with foliate motifs. The form is also known as a tulip vase. Such pieces were made for the Dutch market and adorned the grandest rooms in noble and wealthy merchant houses as vessels for rare and exotic flowers.