A similar Jiajing jar is illustrated in Cecile and Michael Beurdeley, La Ceramique Chinoise, Fribourg, 1974, col. pls. 58 and 59; another was sold in our New York rooms, 9/10th October 1987, lot 281; and a third example was sold at Christie’s London, 13th December 1976, lot 97, with a related cover.
Sir Harry Garner in Oriental Blue and White, London 1954, notes that Jiajing period ceramics reflect in their motifs the Daoist beliefs of the emperor. 'The emblems of immortality, such as the pine tree, deer and crane are used in various combinations. A favorite device is the peach tree with its trunk twisted into the form of the symbol of long life (shou). '
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