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Unusually decorated hatstand
by David Neale
I have numerous Chinese vases, mostly hatstands. These are largely of the more common types of patterns, but one is decorated very differently. A pattern of tiny fine black squares, some containing four small red dots, some containing five, cover the vase completely. Painted flowers are strewn over these squares and numerous cartouches bearing figures add further decoration. The top of the vase is encircled by a border in red, whilst the bottom is bordered in green and purple. The vase seems to have been once one of a pair, as it is unmarked. Can you provide any information about this vase, please?