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Up for sale is a very nice Ground Cobalt Mohmaden Blue Vase, comprised of a globular body with a tall waisted neck. The vase is very finely potted with the rich glaze ending neatly around the footrim. The base retains a six characterunderglaze blueKangxi mark.
The vase measures approximately 15.75inches (39cm). The body of the vase is in great condition with no cracks and no hairlines, but also displays wear consistent with age.
Of all the coloration techniques used on Chinese porcelain, undoubtedly Cobalt or Mohmaden Blue dominates as the most popular by far. Similar vases have sold as Christie's for substantial amounts, see the 2011 sale Magnificent Qing Monochrome Porcelains and Earlier Works of Art from the Gordon Collection.
Cobalt was first introduced to China by Persian Muslum traders who initially did business with the earliest transcontinental merchants via the Mongols during the Yuan Period (1279 - 1368) under Genghis Khan's son Qubili Khan . It is believed the first cobalt blue porcelains were produced in China around the turn of the 13th century.
In practice Cobalt blue decorated porcelains were made by applying the pigment with a brush applied directly onto the unglazed "raw" or "green" pieces, they then are glazed and then fired. Until porcelain is fired, the blue was basically a black shadow, the firing in a 1500 degree kiln caused the cobalt to develope it's unique color. The resulting blue varied from a silvery soft tone to a dark nearly black tone and then to a deep pulsating saphire gradiant tones of the early Qing Dynasty.
The Shang Ping shape was first introduced in Yongzheng Period and became a traditional imperial ware until Xuantong Period.
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