Cylindrical Saffron Vase (Hat Stand)
Item No. 18038
19th Century, N/A, China
11.5" x 0" x 0"
( 29.21 x 0 x 0 cm)
(H x W x D)
Although hatboxes are made from a number of materials—wood, woven bamboo or willow, leather and more—and the surfaces are often lacquered, hat stands are usually made from stoneware and porcelain. They are made in a variety of geometric shapes –typically round, hexagonal and octagonal—and with a variety of decorations: underglaze blue and white, overglaze enamels, famille rose, raised enamels, painted landscapes, floral designs and so on. The particular design used seem never to relate directly to the idea of a hat or head, as it seems what was requited as decoration for such pieces was just beautiful scenes and painting of the kind one might expect on vases
This particular piece is very unusual in that it is made in an unusual monochrome, saffron, and it is decorated with a poem in Chinese characters in gold.