This signed Chinese vintage porcelain Gu Huāpíng 花瓶 lobed flower vase is decorated in banreki akae style. Huāpíng is the Chinese word for a flower vase. Gu is the style. Based on the style age wear signature style, we think it was made in the early 20th century to just past the mid-century, we do not know as much about Chinese wares and this was a purchase from Japan. One of our regular antique dealers, they were not sure on ageing either. Regardless, it is gorgeous. But, it does have a repair. It was a purchase from one of our usual antique dealers in Japan. It is all handmade, hand decorated, hand painted, and signed on the bottom by the maker. It is Chinese name of an era, we are not sure which but most likely between 30-40 years old dating to the People's Republic of China which has been in place since 1949.
This fine vase is painted in underglaze and overglaze enamels. Gu- or hu- refers to the style of the vase, and banreki-akai refers to the decoration and coloring. The handles are fish. It flares at the top. A large lobe is in middles. It flares at the bottom too. Karako or Chinese men and what appears to be a priest are shown on the vase. One will recognize some of the decorations used by the Chinese that the Japanese took on as their own eventually in Imari and other wares such as the karako, flower, and borders. Despite the well-done repair, it does not leak and is still usable as a flower vase and the repair resembles those done in Japan, I am not sure what this type is called. It is only on 1/3-1/4th of the rim, so it can be hidden in the back. It is a huge piece.
SIZE: Height 14.0 inches or 35.56 cm, Diameter at widest 5.5 inches or 13.97 cm, Weight 2080 grams or 4.58 lbs
This is an as-is sale. We have more pictures including those of the repair if you would like to see them, we can only put nine here. Otherwise. the vase is in excellent condition, no cracks or chips. Please see the pictures and ask any questions. We are non-house smokers and do not smoke around our wares and are very careful with them to have clean hands and in the packing. We have noticed smells from items received recently, again please let us know if you have any questions. This one has no smells, this is a well- known and honest, quality antiques dealer's piece.
The Chinese Gu Vase 觚
Gu Vase; ‘Beaker’ Vase; ‘Flaring’ Vase
The Gu form derives from the early Bronze Age. It became the vase prototype of the Yuan dynasty and is characterized by a flaring mouth, a slender, stem-like body, and a splayed foot.
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