Monkhouse, A History and Description of Chinese Porcelain, London, 1901, fig.32,
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A pair of large famille verte faceted baluster vase and cover is decorated with shaped panels enclosing birds, flower branches, landscape and mythical beasts, shoulder with four cartouches containing mythical beasts against brocade diaper, neck with ‘hundred antiques’ scholar objects. The cover is decorated with inverted flower petals in fish-roe pattern with auspicious objects and topped with unusual biscuit knops in the form of woven rope balls.
Similar examples, can be seen in the Gow collection, no. 143
Shiploads of commercial goods were bought to England from China by traders in the 17th and 18th Centurues. At this time the items were facinatingly novel, and artistic and a expensive preserve of the wealthy. Superb porcalin causesd a mania in collecting and complimented the furniture made in England at this time. Queen Mary & William III led the fashion in amassing exceptional examples at Hampton Court and Kensington Palace. This present pair of vases are such pieces that would have been purchased, the mythical beasts panels of birds and flowers, a showcase of life in an exotic land.