3010
3010
A RARE BLUE AND WHITE LOBED JAR AND COVER
MARK AND PERIOD OF JIAJING
Estimate
1,500,0002,500,000
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3010
A RARE BLUE AND WHITE LOBED JAR AND COVER
MARK AND PERIOD OF JIAJING
Estimate
1,500,0002,500,000
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Details & Cataloguing

An Important Collection of Chinese Ceramics

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A RARE BLUE AND WHITE LOBED JAR AND COVER
MARK AND PERIOD OF JIAJING
the baluster body divided into four lobes and surmounted by a straight neck, painted in rich cobalt-blue tones with peony blooms borne on meandering leafy scrolls above overlapping lappets, all below a band of shaped cartouches each enclosing a shou character amidst lotus scrolls, the neck encircled by a composite floral scroll, the domed cover similarly decorated with fu characters interspersed amongst peony sprays below a quatrefoil cartouche enclosing leafy gourds, surmounted by a finial in the form of a squirrel, the base inscribed with a four-character reign mark
25 cm, 9 7/8  in.
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Provenance

Collection of Lolita Armour Higgason (1896-1976).
Sotheby's Los Angeles, 24th June 1976, lot 624, auctioned at the collector's home, El Mirador, Montecito, California.
Sotheby's Los Angeles, 10th March 1977, lot 1525.
Weisbrod & Dy Ltd, New York, 1977.
Christie's Hong Kong, 20th March 1990, lot 532.

Catalogue Note

Freely painted with a peony scroll on the body and auspicious characters on the shoulders and cover, this jar is particularly unusual for its lobed form and its charming cover, with the finial modelled in the form of a squirrel. A fervent patron of Daoist causes and a staunch believer in the magical properties of immortality drugs, the Jiajing Emperor (r. 1522-1566) favoured porcelains that brimmed with auspicious messages, as it protected him against the vicissitudes of nature. This jar is no exception as its shoulders are inscribed with the characters shou (longevity) and fu (blessing).

Jars of this form are rare and very few closely related examples are known: a jar with cover from the Jingguantang collection, illustrated in The Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1991, pl. 82, was sold at Christie’s New York, 20th March 1997, lot 86; one lacking the cover, in the Huaihaitang collection, was included in the exhibition Enlightening Elegance. Imperial Porcelain of the Mid to Late Ming, Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2012, cat. no. 39; and another was sold at Christie’s London, 13th December 1982, lot 488A.

An Important Collection of Chinese Ceramics

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Hong Kong