Mid 17th century Painted all around the compressed globular body with a dignitary and five servants and warriors following two grooms guiding a horse through a wooded grove. 35cm (13½in) high
Provenance: a Belgian private collection
This type of globular vase, with a long neck featuring a bulbous middle, was a direct imitation of a sixteenth century Turkish form, and was made in China only during the High Transitional period, specifically for export to Holland.
Compare a vase of very similar shape and decoration, particularly to the neck, illustrated by Sir Michael Butler, Seventeenth Century Porcelain from the Butler Family Collection, Alexandria, 1990, pl.38. Another pair of vases in the British Museum is illustrated by J.Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, pp.385-386, nos.12:81 and 12:82.