A Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain Covered Jar c.1690-1710. The Chinese Export Porcelain Jar and Cover is Painted with Bright Vibrant Tones of Cobalt. The Design Consists of a Cracked Ice and Prunus Ground with Reserved Panels in the Form of Fan, Leaf and other Shaped Panels. The Panels are Decorated with Rocks and Flowering Plants.
In perfect condition . A firing crack to the top of the knop.
This Kangxi porcelain jar and cover would probably have been made for the Dutch market. It could have been used for display or for storing lumps of sugar that would have been used for sweet tea.
Plum and Cracked-Ice :
Plum Meihua is one of the most important plants in Chinese art. Their flowers grow on knurled old angular branches, the flowers are fragile and pure, so they can be a symbol of vigour in old age as well as purity. The tree is the first to flower after the long hard winter, symbolically it can represent perseverance as well as renewal. This meaning is enhanced by a background of cracked-ice, the design can be seen as representing the end of winter and the beginning of spring with the ice of winter cracking to reveal a new year dawning. Branches of plum blossom convey the `Five Blessings` Meikai wufu, longevity, wealth, health, love of virtue and a peaceful death. The number five, an auspicious number to the Chinese, is taken from the five petals of the plum flower. The design is shown as single plum blossom flowers scattered over cracked-ice or flowering plum blossom branches against the cracked surface of the ice. Jars, especially the so-called ginger-jars or Hawthorn jars , decorated with this design were very popular in England during the end of the 19th and the early years of the 20th century. Kangxi blue and white porcelain in general was highly sought at the time. It was made famous by the artist Whistler among others, and became a symbol of the Aesthetic movement. Prices for this type of Chinese blue and white porcelain, in real terms, reached far more than it would do today.