Three Chinese blue and white hexagonal and octagonal vases, Kangxi

732

H.: 28 cm - H.: 24 cm 

Condition: (UV-checked)
- The tallest vase in good condition, with numerous small superficial chips throughout.
- The pair of smaller vases: one with numerous small superficial chips throughout, with a larger chip along the rim and a tension crack visible on the inner part of the rim. The second with a filled and retouched rim section, as well as an old restored break around the upper section. The surface with numerous small superficial chips throughout.

Provenance: The 'Gaston de Ramaix' collection, Château de Grune, Belgium. The collectors Maurice de Ramaix (1850-1918) (link), a Belgian diplomat and politician, and his son Gaston built a collection of mostly blue and white pieces from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. De Ramaix was a diplomatic attaché in Paris, Constantinople, Vienna, Berlin, The Hague and Persia. Afterward, he returned to Belgium where he became a senator and a member of the Parliament. In 1894, he bought and restored a castle in Grune, Belgium. After his death, De Ramaix’s collection was passed to his eldest son, Gaston (1878-1937), who was also a diplomat. Gaston had a predilection for the Dutch Golden Age and completed his father’s collection. He showcased the remarkable assemblage of Delftware in his seventeenth-century castle surrounded by Dutch paintings and prints from the same era.