Rare grande jarre en porcelaine bleu blanc Marque et époque Jiajing
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According to Harry Garner, the potters active during the Jiajing reign were able to achieve, partly by the use of imported colour and partly, no doubt, due to improved methods of purifying the cobalt ore, the brilliant dark purplish-blue which is regarded as typical of this period. Because of his attachment to Daoism, there is a strong Daoist influence in the subjects chosen for the decoration of blue and white porcelain, namely a peach tree with its trunk twisted into the form of the character of long life (shou), see Harry Garner, Oriental Blue and White, London, 1954, pp. 30-31.
Several large blue and white jars of this design are known, two of them complete with cover, one of them illustrated in Rene-Yvon Lefebvre d'Argence, Chinese Ceramics in the Avery Brundage Collection, San Francisco, 1967, pl. LIV; another jar in the Baur Collection, Geneva, is illustrated in John Ayers, The Baur Collection Catalogue, Geneva, 1969, pl. A156, no. 170. Compare also an example in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, published in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, vol. 34, Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red (I), Hong Kong 2008, cat. no. 96. Compare another example in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, illustrated in R. L. Hobson, Chinese Pottery and Porcelain, Vol. II, London, 1915, pl. 34, and another jar in the collection of the Musee Guimet, Paris, published in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, vol. 7, Tokyo, 1981, pl. 81.