Vase (one of a pair)
Artist/maker unknown, Chinese
Chinese potters delighted in making vases in the form of double and triple gourds, although such shapes were difficult to execute. On this vase the luminous powder blue ground sets off fan and quatrefoil-shaped "canvases." The largest of these, along the bottom of the vase, depicts a variety of scholars' implements from the so-called "Hundred Antiques": antique bronzes, bound scrolls, and an incense burner, together with stacks of books, brushes, and inkstones. The vase features gilded bronze (ormolu) mounts at the top and base, a style popular with European collectors in the eighteenth century.