Antique Chinese blue and white double gourd bottle vase with Dutch silver lid/cover. Made 19th century.
Height including the silver top is almost 8 inches; porcelain alone is 6 1/4 inches high.
Very elegant double gourd shape. The surface is exquisitely painted with anemones, fish and insects. Great tonality and range of blues on the white ground. Very fine painting.
The admiration of this vase over 100 years ago was indicated by the beautiful Dutch silver cap. Deep scallopes on the bottom fit over the top fo the bottle. A wide tyre-shape under arched steps lead to an onion shaped dome, engraved with foliage. The lid is hallmarked with the Dutch silver mark and an A under a star. The silver has a few dings and dents, but nothing to detract from it's beauty. (see 'photos).
A feather or leaf is painted in blue on the bottom.
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