A pair of bamboo-shaped wall vases with blue glaze, the backs enamelled in white with small firing defects (so-called worm traces), the base pierced with holes for water drainage, 19th century.
These flower pots are part of the tradition of wall vases such as can still be seen in the Forbidden City in Beijing. They were used to receive bulbs in a cloth retaining a little earth, from where the holes which were designed from the beginning. These wall vases always went in pairs which allowed by uniting them to form a single vase as is the case here.
Beautiful shiny and plain royal blue glaze in the tradition of 18th century Chinese monochromes.