DIMENSIONS: 19.2cm (Width) 19.2cm (Depth) 35.5cm (Height)
The Kangxi Wucai is also called “Hard Colors” This article is not the largest among Kangxi ceramics, nor is it a small object, it can be regarded as a large piece. The Wucai during the reign of Emperor Kangxi were dominated by green and yellow, the contrast of the images is extremely strong, and the shapes are thick bold and regular. The color contrast of this archaistic item has its own characters to some extent. "Color contrast" on ceramic refers to that the main body of the ceramic employs glass white as the bottom, and individual images are created that are different from the main images. For the color contrast of this vase, white color is retained on yellow background. And the “open window” design is highly coordinated, to enrich the images. Generally, the color contrast has a shape of square or round. The color contrast for this ceramic has a diamond shape.
The specific making methods of the Wucai Ceramic are as follows: First, draw the outlines of the pattern with blue and white lines on the ceramic body, and then fill the outline of the glaze with various color materials, and bake it in a kiln at a low temperature. Therefore, when we carefully observe a Wucai vessel, it can be imagined that even without additional colors, the blue-and-white part can still outline a picture independently.
The Wucai Ceramic emerged in the Yuan Dynasty and prevailed in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The Wucai Ceramic in the Qing Dynasty made great progress based on the development of the Ming Dynasty. With exquisite and delicate production technologies, graceful and luxurious elegant styles, as well as a strong sense of aristocratic styles, the noble and in-depth connotations make people fascinated and enchanted. The Wucai Ceramic during the reign of Emperor Shunzhi obviously featured a transitional style from the Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty, and was similar to blue-and-white ceramic in terms of shapes and patterns. The patterns mainly include themes of flowers. Besides flower patterns, there are also patterns such as figures and animals. The proportion of animal patterns is relatively large, mostly occupying the entire space of the vessel. From the reign of Emperor Shunzhi to the early stage of reign of Emperor Kangxi, it was common to apply red color to draw various brocade patterns on the background other than the patterns. This was the characteristic of the decoration of colorful ceramic at the mouth in this period, and the multi-colored sauce was also the characteristic of the colorful ceramic of Shunzhi Period.
The development of Wucai Ceramic witnessed a major breakthrough during the reign of Emperor Kangxi. Back then, overglaze blue color was invented to replace the underglaze blue and white prevailing in the Ming Dynasty. The successful firing of overglaze blue color basically changed the situation in which blue and white colors dominated the Ming Dynasty. The process elements of Wucai Ceramic: The basic colors of the Wucai Ceramic are mainly red, yellow, green, blue, purple, which are applied on the ceramic glaze according to the demands of the patterns, and then loaded into the furnace for a second time at 700-800℃ for high-temperature secondary firing, which is characterized by the creation of a decorative method of combining underglaze blue and white with overglaze color materials. This vase has folded edges with the mouth in the shape of a crease, tied neck, bulged belly, circled feet, and symmetrical Ruyi-shaped lugs on both sides of the neck. The entire body is painted with Wucai patterns on the yellow glaze, including flowers and birds, sweet lotus, halberd, peach patterns, etc. The patterns carry the implied meanings of “Lucky, Longevity and Auspiciousness”. The color contrast at the abdomen is the most conspicuous. In terms of painting, the theme of flowers and birds is applied, with two birds perching on the branches, and the shape is lively and vigorous against the red flowers and green leaves. The pattern of flowers and birds on this modern piece of Kangxi ceramic in the Qing Dynasty is mixed with more fine brush painting techniques of Chinese painting, making the painted flowers and birds even more vivid. A pair of three-dimensional dragon lugs are designed on both sides of the neck, adding much brilliance for the overall aesthetics.
Market Price: USD 25,900 – USD 32,300
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