Baluster Vase

Baluster Vase Qing dynasty

Baluster Vase

Qing dynasty (1644-1912)
porcelain with flambé glaze
9 x 3.5 inches diam.

The baluster vase takes its name from the upright posts supporting railings that its shape resembles. The vase seen here is an excellent example of flambé glaze, named for its flame-like appearance. The type is also known as transmutation glaze because of the way the glaze reacts to heat within the kiln. Flambé may have been an intentional creation, inspired by Song-perfected Jun ware with its attractive streaking. Or perhaps it was simply a happy accident. The style became enormously popular, especially in Europe. In fact, industrial spies were often sent to collect samples and information for European manufacturers such as the factory at Sèvres.

Kerr, pp. 77-78
Rawson, p. 363


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