A very rare Chinese porcelain famille verte cylindrical apothecary jar and domed cover, painted on the body with a continuous wide band with branches and flowers including chrysanthemum, mallow, daisy, prunus and pomegranates on an aubergine ground amongst pierced rockwork, all between underglaze-blue lines, the cover painted with two pheasants, one standing on rock work beside a lotus pond with overhanging willow and a ruyi-head band beneath the finial, the flat cover rim band with flowerhead reserves on a diaper ground, all between underglaze blue lines.

8 ⅜ inches, 21.3 cm high.

Kangxi, 1662-1722.


Available on request.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • From a European private collection.
  • Sold by Woolley and Wallis in their auction of Asian Art, 13th November 2013, lot 210.
  • Purchased from Vanderven, The Netherlands, 1995.
  • Included by Marchant in their 90th Anniversary Exhibition of Chinese Export Porcelain, 2015, no.2, pp. 6/7 (with catalogue).
  • The form closely follows the French faience and Italian ceramic Montelupo Florentine apothecary jars.
  • No other Chinese examples appear recorded.
  • Although a different border appears on the cover, the enamels, iron red colour and underglaze blue lines appear to match too well for this to be a marriage.