Chinese porcelain blue and white ovoid ginger jar and cover, painted in reverse technique with white prunus flowers, branches and buds on a ‘cracked ice’ ground, beneath a crenellated band at the shoulder, the cover similarly decorated.

10 inches, 25.5 cm total height.

Kangxi, circa 1690.

Wood stand.

  • Formerly in a private American collection.
  • Sold by Marchant, London, 20th April 2010.
  • Formerly in the Roy Davids Collection, no. 133.
  • An identical jar and cover, gift of Pierre Durand, is now in the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., accession no. F1912 14a-b; another, in the James McNeill Whistler, Peacock Room, originally designed for the London home of Frederick R. Leyland, is also now in the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC; another, lent by Frank Caro, is illustrated by Cornelius Osgood in Blue – and – White Chinese Porcelain, A Study of Form, New York, 1956, 20a, plate 34.
  • A pair with domed covers is illustrated by Gorer, London, 1910, in the Catalogue of the Collection Old Chinese Porcelains formed by Richard Bennett, Esq., Thornby Hall, Northampton, 1.

Three similar ginger jars with wood covers are illustrated by Roy Davids & Dominic Jellinek in Provenance, Collectors, Dealers & Scholars: Chinese Ceramics in Britain & America, pl. 2, p. x, Bluett’s interior gallery view, circa 1960.

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