A SMALL AND RARE BLUE AND WHITE 'BOYS' JAR, JIAJING MARK AND PERIOD
A SMALL AND RARE BLUE AND WHITE 'BOYS' JAR
JIAJING MARK AND PERIOD
明嘉靖 青花嬰戲圖小罐 《大明嘉靖年造》款
the compressed baluster body painted with a continuous scene of boys at play within a landscape of pierced rockwork and plants, the boys arranged in pairs and engaged in various games, all above a band of ruyi encircling the foot, with a cloud scroll at the shoulder below double-line borders at the neck, the base inscribed with the reign mark arranged in a circle
Height 4½ in., 11.2 cm
The rim abraded, and the body with two bruises, a visible scratch approx. 1 cm long, and faint surface scratches. There is an impact bruise on the foot and old labels affixed to the foot and base. There are minor firing flaws throughout including visible burst glaze bubbles, iron spots and a visible glaze gap on the body.
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Collection of Alfred (1873-1950) and Ivy (c.1890-1976) Clark.
Sotheby's London, 24th March 1953, lot 20.
John Sparks Ltd., London.
Collection of Irene Dreyfus.
John Sparks Ltd., London, 20th October 1965.
Alfred (1873-1950) 及 Ivy (约1890-1976) Clark 伉儷收藏
John Sparks Ltd.，倫敦
Irene Dreyfus 收藏
John Sparks Ltd.，倫敦，1965年10月20日
Ming Blue and White Porcelain, The Oriental Ceramic Society, London, 1946, cat. no. 62.
The Cosmopolitan Club, New York, 18th September - 22nd October 1979.
《Ming Blue and White Porcelain》，東方陶瓷學會，倫敦，1946年，編號62
The Cosmopolitan Club，紐約，1979年9月18日至10月22日
The imagery of children at play was a favored theme during the Southern Song period, and was popularized by the Southern Song court artist, Su Hanchen (active early 12th century). Characterized by shaven heads, round faces and wide eyes, this style of depicting children was carried into the Ming period, as seen on the present jar. The 'Hundred Boys' or 'children at play' theme is symbolic of the Confucian ideal for the education and advancement of many sons. As a devout Daoist, the subject-matter would undoubtedly have appealed to the Jiajing Emperor, who is recorded in the Ming Shi (Ming History) to have commissioned a Daoist rite to take place in the Imperial Garden in the eleventh year of his reign (1532) for the intended purpose of praying for the birth of imperial sons.
Only a very small number of similar jars are known. One, formerly in the R.H.R. Palmer Collection was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30th November 1983, lot 82; another, with a reduced neck, from the J. Hellner Collection is illustrated in L. Reidemeister, Ming-Porzellane in Schwedischen Sammlungen, Berlin, 1935, pl. 14b, and sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 28th November 1987, lot 75.