CHONGZHEN or SHUNZHI 1640 – 1650 Transitional Porcelain

A Pair of Transitional Porcelain Blue and White Cannisters, Late Chongzhen or Early Shunzhi c.1640 – 1650. Early Chinese Export Porcelain Decorated with a `Still Life` of a Large Vase of Lotus Leaves and Flowers with a Low Table Behind Which has a Censer and a Small Vase of Flowers. To the Left of the Table is a Bowl of Fruit. The Narrow Sides are Decorated with a Bird on a Flowering Branch. The Shoulders are Painted with Ruyi-Heads with Stylised Clouds.


No damage, covers missing, minor glaze shrinkage around the joint between the necks and bodies. Pin-head size burst bubbles in places.
Height : 20 cm (7 3/4 inches)
The collection of Major Lindsay Hay, Bath, formed in the 1930`s. For more information about the rather eccentric Major Hay and his important collection of Chinese blue and white porcelain see Bluett Essay (Part 2) by Dominic Jellinek at
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For a Transitional Porcelain cannister and cover of this form with a different design See : The Burghley Porcelains, An Exhibition from The Burghley House Collection and Based on the 1688 Inventory and 1690 Devonshire Schedule (Japan Society, New York,1986). The Devonshire schedule cites Large plain China... A pair of blue and white flatt square Bottles with hollow fflat cover to them. For another pair of Transitional Porcelain cannisters of this shape and form with similar decoration see stock number 20612 on our `Sold` section.