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Vase Decorated With A Chinese Stylized Landscape

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1730Meissen, Germany

This rare monumental vase with a lid was manufactured as a piece of interior decoration by the porcelain manufactory Meißen. Meißen was the first porcelain manufactory in Europe. The European enthusiasm for exotic cultures is apparent in the popular application of East-Asian decorative elements. This vase is a magnificent example of replicating the Chinese mountainous river landscape found on porcelain from the far east. This landscape is a relief, painted in the colours of the "famille verte" – the green family – similar to the palate used during the Kanxi-period. The crane and the mythical phoenix derive from Japanese Kakiemon-painting dating around 1700. The bottom of the vase is monogrammed “AR”, which stood for (Augustus Rex). It was in this manner the Meißen manufactory hallmarked the porcelain made and destined for the Polish King and Saxon Elector Augustus the Strong (1670-1733, reg. 1694/97-1733) beginning in 1723.