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152. Unusually Large Jar
Large Octagonal Jar & Cover With Foliage Decoration
Height: 98 cm
China, Kangxi period (1662-1722)
Price on request
Provenance: private Collection, Brno - Czech Republic
On this large vase blooming peony bushes are elaborately painted, filling the eight ribbed panels of this octagonal jar. The amount of underglaze blue decoration – which appealed to the European aesthetic - indicates this was probably made for the export market .
Such unusually large pieces were fired in their own separate kiln, making it expensive to produce and only made to special order.
The peony is the most popular flower motif in China, and known as the ‘king of flowers’ and symbolizes wealth and honor. It is a flower associated with Chinese royalty as it was grown in the imperial gardens from as early as the Tang dynasty.
• Terese.T. Bartholomew Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art, San Francisco, 2006, p.123
• Porzellan aus China und Japan; Die Porzellangalerie der Landgrafen von Hessen-Kassel. Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Kassel, 1990 , pl 62 & 62a-e