This large antique Chinese porcelain blue monochrome covered jar dates to the late nineteenth century.
Deep cobalt blue glaze smoothly covers the overall surface of the elegantly crafted jar. The pure tranquil blue color reminds sophisticated viewers of the celebrated “sacrificial blue” glaze first initiated in Ming imperial kiln factories. The color was conventionally applied on ritual vessels designated for the sky and heaven.
In the Qing dynasty, the use of such color became more widespread and was no longer restricted to ceremonial occasions. Connoisseurs appreciated such subtle color for its sensuous appeal.
Also reminiscent of the Ming-era imperial style is the reserved white rim of the lid. It is intended to evoke the “shrinking glaze” effect that is characteristic of fifteenth-century imperial wares. The bottom of the jar is inscribed with a double-ring circular mark.
This large, elegant covered jar with its simple but bold color will be a statement piece in any traditional or contemporary home.
H 13.25 in. x Dm 10 in.
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