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A Large Chinese Fujian Province, Mid-Qing Period, Blue & White Jar c1750

A Large Chinese Fujian Province, Mid-Qing Period, Blue & White Jar c1750
A Large Chinese Fujian Province, Mid-Qing Period, Blue & White Jar c1750

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Height: 14 inches. Design: Peony & Feng Bird (phoenix). Origin: Fujian Province, China. Date: 1750- 1850.

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Item No: A1384
About this item:

Height: 14 inches
Design: Peony & Feng Bird (phoenix)
Origin: Fujian Province, China
Date: 1750- 1850

This is a superb example of Chinese blue underglaze utilitarian ware, dating from the mid Qing Dynasty. The provincial storage jar features the auspicious image of Peonies and Feng Bird decoration, with geometric designs to the rim. The jar is a rare piece produced in the Fujian (rather than Jingdezhen) province, and shares many characteristics with the Swatow ware produced in this area during the period. The piece is heavily glazed giving an opaque greyish/ green tint, and the decoration has been freely applied in faded inky blue tones. The foot rim and lip show the typical rough finish, and there are a few firing flaws to the body. This lends a wonderfully tactile quality to the piece.

Unfortunately, it has been damaged around the rim at some point, and restored (refer to photographs). Otherwise the piece is in very good condition, and overall is a striking piece. It is also deceptively heavy, weighing 5.5kg (much heavier than its size would suggest). This is common in the utilitarian wares of the time, which were constructed to be durable, rather than merely decorative.