This form has become popularly known as a `Hampton Court' jar, so called after a pair of late 17th century Japanese Kakiemon examples of similar form at Hampton Court Palace. The Chelsea version could be a direct copy of the Japanese original or perhaps based on the Meissen adaption of about 1730. For three Chelsea jars of this shape see J.Ayers, O.Impey and J.Mallet, Porcelain for Palaces, The Fashion for Japan in Europe, 1650-1750, pp. 200-201, pls. 196-198.
A large proportion of figurative painting on 18th century porcelain was derived from prints. Although the figure subjects on the present vase show some similarities to the work of the French artist Jacques Callot (1592-1635) and the Italian Stefano della Bella (1610-1664), the exact source has yet to be identified.
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