This lovely cocoon vase comes with a story. I was in Amsterdam, and saw this vase on sale in a high-end antique shop. The seller told me it was in stock for a long time, and he couldn’t bear seeing it any longer. He bought it incredibly expensive at a large auction house, and had become a bad investment. I wanted it badly but didn’t have enough cash to buy it. He told me to put the remaining money in an envelope and send it to him later. I wanted to leave my name and address, because I had never seen the man before. He told me that was not necessary, in his long life as a dealer it had always worked out fine. Of course I sent the money a.s.a.p.
It was made in the Western Han dynasty, late 3rd-1st century bC. It is made from a grey earthenware, and measures 24,5 x 26 x 18,5 cm.
It is cold-painted, and in a lovely original condition, no repainting.
The shape is very bold and strong. The rim is also decorated, and sharply cut.
The body shows the classic signs of aging, and some root markings.
These cocoon vases come in a variety of sizes, shapes and finishes.