|Mason's and Other Stone China|
For this elaborate covered urn, Masons starts with a brilliant, slightly olive green groun...
For this elaborate covered urn, Masons starts with a brilliant, slightly olive green ground decorated with an overall gilt filigree pattern. This serves as the ground for a number of variously shaped floral reserves that differ in style while sharing Asian inspiration. The principal reserve, repeated front and back, is a Kakiemon study of brillIiant pink and orange peonies with foliage executed in deep cobalt tipped in gilt.
The small reserves beneath the handles, featuring a boldly contrasting brick red ground relates this decor to the pattern known as "Chinese Ladies" that we more frequently see on tablewares. These two reserves feature simple sketches of Asian females posed to show off their flowing robes.
Dolphin handles and knop, their features picked out in gilt, add to the ornate exotic character of the vase.
|Mark:||Backstamp, Round Crown and Drapery|
|Dimensions:||Height 10 in; width 4 1/4 in.|
We can speculate with some certainty that the name "Chinese Ladies" is a later nickname fo...
We can speculate with some certainty that the name "Chinese Ladies" is a later nickname for the pattern. On neither the vase or table wares are the women used as the central motifs. Their charm is such, however, that they dominate the pattern from the sidelines.