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.
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.