Aronson Antiquairs

Pair of massive cashmere palette flower vases

Delft, circa 1710

Each with a flattened heart-shaped body painted on the front with flowering shrubbery growing around a manganese and blue pierced rock beneath a butterfly and an exotic bird in pursuit of a large dragonfly, the outset serpentine bracket above with three foliate-patterned lappets alternating with ruyi-head and scroll devices on the front and a flowered blue-ground top issuing three octagonal spouts decorated with blossoms and scrolls, the shoulder behind with a foliate-patterned blue-ground top issuing five larger flaring octagonal spouts similarly decorated, the back of each body painted with three birds perched on flowering peony and prunus branches above pierced rocks, the sides affixed with open-mouthed dragon handles forming additional spouts, and the domed rectangular foot with peony branches and foliate-patterned lappets between a border of overlapping leaves on the knopped ankle and a scroll band around the footrim.

circa 1710
tin-glazed earthenware