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Four-sides bottle with underglaze blue decoration. Domed shoulders and a long tapering tubular, narrow cylindrical neck and stand on a rectangular foot with a flat unglazed base. Each face is painted in underglaze blue with flowers issuing from Chinese rocks and flying insects. The form of the square bottle is modelled on that of European glass ware, known also from European stoneware and faience. Such bottles were originally made to store alcohol on long sea voyages where their square shape made them easy to stow and less likely to break, it would have been fitted with a pewter screw top. Ridging around the neck imitates the scoring for a screw top. However, although the form of the bottle is entirely European, the decoration is strictly confined to the Chinese repertoire. Minor loss of glaze to the edge of the bottle is typical of Wanli blue and white kraal-type wares. (4310)

W 100mm H 260mm

Ref: WEB1077

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Porcelain, underglaze cobalt blue (5462)

Tianqi Period (1605-1627)

Jingdezhen,Jiangxi Province, South Central China. 

H:6 D:35

A large Blue and white dish depicting a landscape with two fishermen in their boats rowing down the river. The background exhibits a mountain range amongst swirling clouds.

 

WEB1121

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Porcelain, underglaze cobalt blue. (5391)

Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, South Central China

Jiajing Period (1522-1566). Ming Dynasty.

H: 52cm.W:20cm

 The gourd-shaped vessel sturdily potted, the lower part of the gourd of square form rising to a globular upper part. The exterior is elaborately decorated with thick lotus scrolling all below a band of lappet on the elongated cylindrical neck. All decorated in a rich underglaze cobalt blue, which is highly likely to have been imported from Iran, possibly Kashan.

The Jiajing Emperor was a devout Taoist and his obsession with the acquirement of long life soon translated into porcelain and other works of art. This gourd form is associated with one of the notorious ‘Eight Taoist Immortals’, Li Tiegui, who is regularly portrayed holding a double gourd containing the elixir of longevity.

WEB1133

  

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Yuan dynasty 1279-1368 (5356)

H:4cm D:8cm

Decorated with underglaze cobalt blue.

WEB1139

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Yuan dynasty (1279-1368)

H:4cm D:8.3cm

Decorated with underglaze cobalt blue. (5356)

WEB1140

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Tianqi Period: (1620-1627)

(5504)

8cm x 6.5cm. 

WEB1164

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Square section jar depicting standing immortals (4750)

W 80mm H 120mm

Ref: WEB644

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A splendid plate decorated with a dragon rising from the waves and confronting two carp's, amongst prunus blossoms, and a wave-design border.The underside rim painted with precious objects,Chenghua six character mark.(4606)

W 265mm H 265mm

Ref: WEB565

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Hooker vase with silver rim. (4771)

W 100mm H 230mm

Ref: WEB669

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Kangxi period (1661-1722)

Jingdezhen, China.

H: W:

WEB1294

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