Large 19th century Chinese famille noire porcelain vase decorated with birds on flowering branches against a black ground. Marked along the underside "Da Ming Chenghua Nian Zhi" within a double ring.Height: 23 1/2 in x diameter: 10 in.
Original rim has been removed and ground down. The vase has been re-painted in black enamel and re-fired. Some evidence of enamel loss on the inside, exposing the original clear porcelain glaze. There are signs of water and iron staining on both the outside and inside. there is light wear to the footrim consistent with its age. There are no other major chips or cracks evident. The vase has been drilled along the underside.
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