A small porcelain vase or jar painted in under glaze blue (in 17th / 18th Century Kangxi style) with a scene from the epic historical novel the "San Guo Zhi Yan Yi" (the Romance of the Three Kingdoms). The base carries the four character reign mark of the Kangxi emperor (1662-1722) but this item was made later, for export, during the late 19th or early 20th Century.
Condition: there is a light star crack to the body which we discovered after listing on Trocadero (it is clearly visible on one of the enlargements at our liverpool shop website); there are glaze imperfections and a minute chip to the inside of the rim. No further damages and no repairs. It is without it's original cover. 9cm (3.5 inches) high.