Pocket or wall vase with a flat-back baluster form with waisted neck, ribbed body, and flaring foot, a small boy at either side reaching toward a mask-and-ring handle; decorated in famille rose enamels, with spearheads at the rim, floral sprays in the center, plantain leaves at the foot.
Among the many wall-vase shapes made for the export trade, the baluster form was the most popular. Matching pairs of wall pockets in the form of infant boys holding miniature baluster vases are also known. They are considered emblems of peace and may have been the inspiration for the example illustrated here.
The earliest Chinese wall vases appear to have been made in the latter part of the sixteenth century, and there are a number of double-gourd and pear-shaped examples from the reign of Wanli.
|Year Range from||1795|
|Year Range to||1810|
|Place of Origin||Made in Jingdezhen, China|
|Collection||The Reeves Center|
|Credit line||Mr. and Mrs. Euchlin D. Reeves Collection in memory of Mrs. Chester Green Reeves and Miss Lizzie H. Dyer|