A Large Blue and White Yen-yen Vase

A Large Blue and White Yen-yen Vase

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Offered by Hamadi Oriental Art



A Large Blue and White Yen-yen Vase A Large Blue and White Yen-yen Vase

A Large Blue and White Yenyen Vase
China, Kangxi period (1662 – 1722)
Height: 45.5 cm

The trumpet shape neck and bulbous body are both decorated in vibrant underglaze blue with a characteristic Chinese landscape with a deer in the scene on the neck. This typical shape is known as “yen-yen” or “yan-yan”, a term possibly coined by traders in allusion to the vase’s beauty (yan).

The “yen-yen” derived from earlier Transitional period (1620 – 1683) versions that were more compressed, particularly in the lower section. The Kangxi versions were more elongated and better in proportion, making them highly desirable during in Europe for their size and decorative appearance.

During the Qianlong period (1736 – 1795), this type of vase was no longer produced, but it did make a revival during the nineteenth century copying the Kangxi originals.

A similarly decorated “yen-yen” vase with a deer is in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. A Transitional period vase is in the Butler Family Collection.

Origin
China
Period
Kangxi Period (1662-1722)
Material
Porcelain
Reference
100-42
Sizes
45.5 cm

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Hamadi Oriental Art

Kerkhofstraat 3
8051 GG Hattem
The Netherlands

+31 38 444 72 31
http://www.hamadi.nl

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