Chinese porcelain blue and white two-handled vase and cover, the vase of pear-shape form decorated on both sides with panels containing a figure in a fenced garden and auspicious objects, all within a flower-shape cartouche surrounded by lotus and prunus blossoms, all beneath a flower scroll border, the two handles decorated at the top with animal masks and at the bottom with a folded-over leaf, the wide and splayed foot decorated with a geometric triangular band, the base recessed and glazed white, the domed cover decorated with a cartouche containing four auspicious objects amongst four prunus flower sprays, the finial of pointed form.

28.2 cm high.

Kangxi, 1662-1722.


Overall good condition, the leaf at the bottom of one handle with a small chip, the interior of the same handle with a small stress crack emanating from the firing hole which does not go through to the other side of the handle and most likely original to the manufacture, the jar and cover with a few natural firing pinpricks and some very small spots.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • From the collection of W. H. Nicolson, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • A near identical example is illustrated by C. J. A. Jörg in Chinese Ceramics in the Rijksmuseum, no. 302, p. 262, where the author notes that this type of piece was likely to have been made exclusively for the Dutch market, it was based upon a Western silver prototype and this type of piece was only made for a very short period of time during the reign of Kangxi.
  • It is rare to find a jar and cover of this form in near perfect condition.