The gorgeous blue and white Chinese porcelain garden stool is in excellent condition. This a very rare design for a Chinese garden stool. While the overall "barrel" shape is still detectable, the four-pillar open column form makes this a very unique Chinese treasure. According to references, the overwhelming majority of Chinese porcelain garden stools have fully enclosed sides that appear to be porcelain barrels. While the "garden stool" phenomenon has been very popular in recent years, the popular barrel design has been around for centuries and in essence defines the "garden stool". Hence, the rarity of the unique garden stool in this listing. Also, there are other oriental cultures that have adopted the need for a garden stool. However, the Ming-style blue on this gorgeous stool along with the motif of Peonies and butterflies are very "Chinese". In addition, the round medallion shaped piercing on the top is in the shape of an ancient Chinese coin.
There is a mark on the inside of the base. While we are yet to find the identity behind the mark, the single stroke appears to be in the form of a "9" or "6".
The geometrical scrollwork around the rim has the appearance Nazmiyal designs found on rare Chinese rugs from the eighteenth century. According to references, the four-seated design was primarily popular for locals. In other words, the four-corner geometric design was cherished by those who lived in mainland China and in particular during its earlier years the design did not find traction for nor was its production influenced by Westerners.
While most of the porcelain garden stools referenced have a height of 18", this particular garden stool stands 15.5" tall. Hence, a taller size would indicate that the stool was designed for a taller population. Likewise, the shorter height could point toward an earlier date when populations were not as tall as they are in the present day.
The open column four-pillar design appears to be important in Chinese culture. According to references, the Yin and Yang symbol stands for and/or portrays balance. The four-pillar construction could have its significance in the Yin Yang Yuan Quadrant of the Chinese. For example, Summer, Spring, Winter, and Fall along with Father, Son, Mather, and Daughter are all pictures of balance. In particular, the Yin Yang Yuan Quadrant focuses more on things concerned with being out-of-doors in the elements with harmonious fellowship with family. Hence, the porcelain garden stool made to withstand weather and seasons.
While finding a particular date for the production of this beautiful Chinese porcelain garden stool is very difficult, the unique design and and shape seem to point toward pre-WWII. However, this is only an approximate time-frame. The singular mark, ethnically popular scrollwork, Ancient coin-shaped piercing on the top, and the open column four-pillar design give this particular garden stool a somewhat heavier "Chinese" flavor.
There are no breaks, cracks, chips, or repair places on this gorgeous Chinese porcelain garden stool. There are some vintage wear, age, and rub places on this beautiful garden stool/plant stand - mainly some slight wear on the top due to use and rub places on the bottom from where it has touched different surfaces. There are some inconsistencies in the coloring where a faded blue can be seen under the glaze. Also, the top is not perfectly level which is a very good sign that the hands of an artisan were involved in the making of this gorgeous Chinese garden stool. In addition, the base is approximately 1/8" wider across in one direction versus the other. Overall, considering the size, weight, and exquisite artisan-ship found on this garden stool, it is truly amazing that so many elements can be controlled and brought together to make such a gorgeous piece.
The decorative possibilities for this beautiful porcelain garden stool are many. While it may be desirable to employ this rare Chinese stool as a piece of furniture, there are many other ways to appreciate and enjoy this gorgeous Chinese treasure. The entryway or living area would be enhanced by the addition of this gorgeous garden stool as a stand-alone decorative statue or as a plant stand from which a deep green vine can hang. Also, the raised hearth or ceramic tile counter top in a master bath would welcome the beautiful blue and white colors to break up dominant earth tones. In addition, this gorgeous porcelain treasure would make a perfect accent table to display in a tight corner or beside an over-sized sofa. If the desire is for a piece of furniture, this would make a great vanity seat. The round foot of the open base would be much easier to place over carpet and/or cause less harm to tile or wood floors.
The collector will appreciate this gorgeous Chinese porcelain garden stool for its excellent condition, stunning blue and white colors, and unique overall design.
The gorgeous blue and white Chinese porcelain garden stool weighs 280.9 oz.
The highly detailed round oriental garden stool/plant stand measures approximately 15.5" tall x approximately 10" wide across the girth - the widest part of the stool.
The gorgeous porcelain stool measures 9.75" wide across the top from outside to outside x 8 3/8" wide across the bottom in one direction and 8.25" wide across the bottom in the other.
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Vintage Chinese Porcelain Garden Stool Round with Open Column Four Pillar Design Blue and White with Peonies and Butterflies Motif with Geometrical Scrollwork Around Rim and 15.5" Tall
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