A Transitional Blue and White Porcelain Jar

Chongzhen Period 1628 - 1644

A Transitional Blue and White Porcelain Jar, Chongzhen Period 1628 – 1644. This jar, which dates to around 1640, is from what is referred to as the ‘High Transitional Period’, a phrase invented by Sir Michael Butler. It has an incised border below the rim and just above the base, these are typical of the period. This anhua, or secret decoration is visible because of the blue glaze that fills the incised lines, these were added when the porcelain clay was leather-hard. The decoration is of tree peony and bamboo, the decoration to the back is of two birds in flight with two flying insects below the moon.

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Lacking cover, a shallow chip to the unglazed inner rim.
Height 15.5 cm (6 inches). Diameter of the base 6.1 cm (2 1/4 inches).
Nicholas de la Mare Thompson (1928-2010) described as "First purchase of b&w" but no date given, perhaps 1970s.
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