This superb work of design and craftsmanship, created during the Western Art Deco period, carries its own special piece of cultural significance and history.
It is common to find the underside of Chinese vases to be stamped, painted or etched with the era during which the piece was made. However, it is highly unusual to encounter a piece that references the early period of when China became a republic. The underside of this piece references the era of Lin Sen 林森 (b.1868 – d.1943) who was the President of the National Government of the Republic of China.
Beyond the period of when this piece was made, the form of is also very rare as the faceted shape features 14 sides (including the top and bottom) that are composed of triangular as well as diamond-shaped panels.
The exterior decor has been beautifully engraved by hand to create the stylised relief with the symbols of command of dragons, phoenixes and 'clouds' representing divinity. Together, the form and carefully detailed decor coalesce into this historically significant and highly decorative work of art.
Superb. There is negligible age wear to the exterior and use wear to the interior that is commensurable with the age of the piece, please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the vase is carved with the phrase that translates to 'Zheng Lin Sen Era Made'.
Height: c. 5.1" / 13 cm tall (from base to rim) x 5.5" / 14 cm in diameter (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 2.6" / 6.5 cm. Rim diameter: c. 3" / 7.8 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.9 kg / 853 gm.
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Lin Sen (b.1868 - d.1943) was native to Fenggang Village, in the Fujian County (now Minhou County, Fuzhou ). Lin Sen lived in Fuzhou but was later expelled for his anti-Qing dynasty efforts, he later participated in the struggle against ceding Taiwan and joined the Xingzhong Society. When the Chinese Alliance was formed, he would join the movement. During the 1911 Revolution, he led the Jiujiang Uprising and urged the navy to send troops to assist in stabilising the overall situation of the revolution. He would go on to be elected as the chairman of the founding Senate of the Republic of China, joining the Chinese Revolutionary Party in Tokyo in 1914 .
In 1928, Lin Sen was elected as a member of the National Government, and later that year, he was elected as the Deputy President of the Legislative Yuan. Eventually, he became the President of the National Government in 1932.
He would continue in his role as President until his death in a car accident in 1943.