Chinese porcelain famille verte ovoid ginger jar and cover painted with four large petal shaped panels enclosing a kingfisher amongst lotus flowers, leaves, arrow-heads and grasses beneath insects in flight; peony issuing amongst rockwork with daisy and a butterfly in flight; morning-glory issuing from pierced rockwork with a large praying mantis and butterflies; and tree peony amongst rockwork with a large bud and an open-winged butterfly, all on a pale green ground with iron-red chrysanthemum flower head and aubergine branches, the shoulder with precious object reserves on an iron-red reverse technique lotus flower head ground, the cover with a bird perched on a branch amongst flowering rockwork above a ruyi-head and flower head band.

11 inches, 28 cm high.

Kangxi, circa 1700.



Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in the Sir Alfred Aykroyd Collection. Major Sir Alfred Hammond Aykroyd (1884-1965), 2nd Baronet, was in The Royal Field Artillery and served as High Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1952. The Aykroyd Baronetcy of Lightcliffe in the West Riding of the County of York, was created in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom on 16th June 1920 for William Henry Aykroyd, the father of Alfred who was a director of T. F. Firth & Sons, Ltd. and also served as High Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1926.
  • Sold by Sotheby’s, London, in their auction of An Important Collection of Chinese Porcelain, The Property of The Late Sir Alfred Aykroyd, 17th May 1966, lot no. 173 (one of a pair) illustrated first page opposite.
  • Included by Marchant in their exhibition of Kangxi Famille Verte, 2017, no. 14, pp. 38/9.
  • A similar ginger jar in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, acquired in 1946, is illustrated by Jan Van Campen and Christiaan J.A. Jorg in the 1997 supplement to Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Ming and Qing Dynasties, catalogue no. 421, p. 37.