Bing Wu 20th Century Blue & White Cong Vase:
A Fine Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Cong Vase. Thick potted, squared body, with circle opening mouth and base, raised on shallow foot. The shape of the cong with its square and circular shape could be interpreted as 'the unity of heaven and earth' where the square represents the earth and a circle represents the heaven. The vase is decorated in cobalt blue with alternating scenes of four sided blue and white vase with alternating scenes of nesting birds inn a tree and a father and sun fishing from the shore. Marked on the bottom.
Wang Bu's father Wang Xiuqing, was a blue and white porcelain painter during the reigns of Tongzhi and Guangxu of the Qing dynasty. It was common for children to follow in their father's footsteps, and at the age of 9, Wang Bu was apprenticed to Xu Yousheng, an artisan in blue and white porcelain painting at Jingdezhen. He completed his apprenticeship in 1912. After the closure of the imperial workshops at Jingdezhen, Wang Bu made a living painting bird feeders, before he was hired by the famous ceramic artist Wu Aisheng to make reproductions of Ming and Qing porcelains. This laid the foundation for his later innovation.
From the time Wang Bu arrived at Jingdezhen in 1907, till his death in 1968, he created numerous ceramic art works with underglaze and overglaze enamels, paste-on-paste carving, and incised decoration. However, it was his work in underglaze blue and white decoration, that earned him, in his later years, the title of qinghua dawang (the king of blue and white).
11 1/2" X 5 1/4"
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