Very fine older large Chinese vase of heavy pottery, we often see these referred to as porcelain but we think pottery, crafted in wonderful detail with a court scene on one side with ladies in fine attire, flowing through a tree to warriors, one on horseback, with additional scenes in the upper neck on both sides, dragon handles on each side as well. This elegant vase measures 17 & 1/2" tall, and is 7 & 1/2" across on the base, 7" at the neck, and approximately 9" at the widest point. It is in very good condition with no significant damage, we do see a tiny age crack that is outer surface only on the lower above the border, and what we think are old rust spots down one side. Chinese porcelain and pottery is not our normal field, so we have had to wing this with information from the prior owners estate and other antique dealers. Best guess on the age is late 1800's to early 1900's, but it could be older. This came from a family that did not own anything that was not either very valuable or expensive. A little paint finish loss on a few of the robes, faces are very detailed with subtle fine painting. The manes of the horse, etc appear to have a matte overpainting on them which appears to be original. You will see a few "holes" in the outer glaze, this is original and normal for pieces of this age. There is a partial brown wax seal on the bottom indicating this was brought out of China and that it was brought out legally, it is not an indicator of age old or new, only that it legally crossed the border through their customs.
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