An important and exceptionally painted blue and white 'fish' jar, guan, Yuan dynasty | 元 青花魚藻紋大罐
An important and exceptionally painted blue and white 'fish' jar, guan,
the sturdily-potted baluster body rising from a spreading foot to a short straight neck with a lipped rim, superbly painted around the body in vibrant cobalt blue with four fishes swimming in a pond amidst large blooming lotus flowers and various aquatic plants, the lively scene detailed with two butterflies hovering above, the neck encircled with cresting waves painted with calligraphic precision, the rounded shoulder with large peony blooms borne on a continuous leafy scroll, with the blooms alternating in frontal and profile views, all above stylised upright petals enclosing various precious emblems and flaming pearls, the broad foot ring and recessed base unglazed
w. 35.3 cm
There are two star cracks which have been stabilised: one with a firing line runs horizontally around the luting line near the foot; Another near the shoulder, with a fine line extending diagonally from the mouth down to the lower body and a slightly restored impact point. The exterior of the vase with a yellow stain at the central luting line visible in the catalogue image, the interior with associated characteristic crazing. As typical of jars of this period, there is fritting to the mouth rim.
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A European private collection.
Christie’s London, 11th July 2006, lot 111 and back cover.
Eskenazi Ltd, London, 2006.
Rosemary Scott, ‘A Magnificent and Rare 14th Century Fish Jar’, Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Including Export Art, Christie’s London, 2006, pp. 108-11.
Huo Jishu (Jessica Harrison-Hall), ‘Yuandai qinghua ci: Da Ying Bowuguan yu Daweide Jijinhui cang pin/Yuan Dynasty Blue-and-White: Collections and Collectors in the British Museum and Sir Percival David Collection’, in Li Zhongmou et al., Youlan shencai. 2012 Shanghai Yuan qinghua guoji xueshu yantaohui lunwenji/Splendors in Smalt. Art of Yuan Blue-and-white Porcelain Proceedings, Shanghai, 2015, vol. 1, p. 389, fig. 23.
Regina Krahl, Early Chinese Blue-and-White Porcelain. The Mingzhitang Collection of Sir Joseph Hotung, Hong Kong, 2022, no. 8.
蘇玫瑰，〈A Magnificent and Rare 14th Century Fish Jar〉，中國瓷器及工藝精品，倫敦佳士得，2006年，頁108-11
康蕊君，《Early Chinese Blue-and-White Porcelain. The Mingzhitang Collection of Sir Joseph Hotung》，香港，2022年，編號8
British Museum, London, on loan, 2012.