Apothecary Jars and Covers

Object nr. 375 China, Yongzheng period (1723-1735) Height: 27.5 cm

Private Collection, The Netherlands

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Apothecary Jars

An usual pair of export porcelain polychrome painted urns and covers, made after French pottery models. These vessels have an ogee-shaped outline, with wide shoulder, raised rib on the lower half, and a splayed foot, and domed covers with broad knob. They are painted with floral festoons on the upper part and formal interlaced strapwork with foliate motifs below, drawn in underglaze-blue outlines and filled in with blue and green enamels.

The blue and green colour scheme using both under and overglaze blue is otherwise extremely unusual. The shape is similar to faience examples made at Rouen. The decoration which is loosely based on designs developed by Berain, was popular in various mediums.

The British Museum, Museum has an identical pair (Franks.1401). An identical pair of urns was formerly in the Winkworth collection (Sotheby's London, 12th December 1972, lot 124.

Floris van der Ven