Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain Jar c.1700, Decorated with Ladies.
A well painted Kangxi Blue and White porcelain jar. Decorated with elegant ladies, `Long Eliza`, Lange Lyzen in a garden landscape. One is shown holding a Pipa (a Four String Lute) , another holds a rabbit and a third a fan. The scene decorated in rich tones of cobalt includes a flowering peony in a jardinière and a tree with rocks. The shoulder is painted with phoenix in flight and the collar has precious objects tied with ribbons. The base has an apocryphal Chenghua mark (Ming Dynasty 1465-1487).
Condition: The cover is lacking. There is a large chip to the inner part of the foot rim c.35 mm which has been repaired.
Apocryphal Marks :
Apocryphal marks are frequently encountered on Chinese porcelain, particularly on Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain but also on Transitional porcelain like the present example. The mark of the Ming Emperor Chenghua who reigned from 1465 to 1487 being by far the most common, other Ming marks include Jiajing (1522-1566) and less frequently Wanli (1573-1620). These marks were not added to the piece to deceive, but more as a sign of reverence to earlier potters of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Occasionally they are used on pieces copying Ming Porcelain, these objects were probably made for collectors who could not afford the Ming original.