Kangxi period, with underglaze blue "precious rarity" ? ? mark, flat wucai decorated lid with gilt silver mounts and chains attached at handles, flask form vase painted on one side with a dragon chasing a flaming pearl over choppy waves, the other side with a spread wing imperial phoenix, the neck and side painted with precious emblems, gilt accents, 8-5/8 x 6 in.
Note: This vase was on exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This vase is described in the Catalogue of the Morgan Collection of Chinese Porcelains, Volume 1, J. Pierpont Morgan, 1904, No. 867, page 135. The digitized page form this catalogue can be viewed at: https://digital.clarkart.edu/digital/collection/p16245coll8/id/7711
Provenance: J. Pierpont Morgan (label attached); Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York, NY, purchased December 21, 1989 for $38,000 (accompanied by copy of invoice); Property from an Important Charleston Collection
faint hairline at base of handle, some glaze flakes under handle mounts, some rubbing and wear to decoration, mounts with wear to gilt, tarnish (mounts likely original but could be later additions)