Made in the late Qing Dynasty circa 1880, this pair of large antique Chinese blue and white covered jars are painted in a soft shade of blue. Each jar is decorated with flowers and a butterfly. The vases show a scene with two young boys peeking out from behind a large jar. Around the boys, we see scrolling leaves and birds perched on branches. The scene with the young boys signifies hope, fertility, and the future. This auspicious scene is repeated on the reverse.
Dimensions: H 18.5 in. x Dm 9 in.
Background: The color blue gained particular significance in the history of Chinese ceramics during the Tang dynasty (618-907). The distinctive color in blue-glazed Chinese porcelain comes from cobalt ores imported from Persia, which were scarce ingredients and could only be used in limited quantities. In the Yuan (1279-1368), Ming (1368-1644), and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, in particular, different types of cobalt ore and methods of application determined the distinctive feature of the shades of blue that appeared on blue-and-white porcelain ware.
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