Underglaze Red Three Friends of Winter Meiping Vase
This is a fine antique rendition of extremely rare Ming Dynasty underglaze copper red vases depicting the three worthies: bamboo, pine, and plum. A Hongwu period original sold for nearly $2 million at auction. The other is part of the Nanjing Museum collection. This piece features similar scrolling peonies above the shoulders, a wave patterned border, and lotus lappets. The style of the trees is almost an echo of the original. The firing imperfections are also captured in this piece, with the red turning gray to almost black in many areas. There are signs of age that would be expected on a very old piece: iron spots, glaze contractions, kiln grit, etc. However, the age of this vase is unknown. There are no markings. The potting and bisque point to a Vietnamese origin.
This vase measures 12.5 inches tall and 7.5 inches across the shoulders. Weight listed is in consideration of packaging requirements for safe shipping.
A comparison to the original can be made by viewing: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/article/ming-the-golden-empire-opens-at.