A very rare huge Jiajing mark and period blue and white floral jar. It was decorated in the early Ming style and painted with floral sprays that correspond to the four seasons, camellia for spring, lotus for summer, chrysanthemum for autumn and peony for winter in underglaze blue of a brilliant and mallow tone. An early Ming blue and white jar which is probably the prototype for the design of this jar was sold at Christie's auction on 1 Nov 1994. A similar Jiajing mark and period jar and cover with the same designs is in the National Palace Museum, Taipei. The underglaze blue tone is close to that of Chenghua imperial porcelains. Since the Jiajing Emperor was not the direct descendant of the Zhengde Emperor, he made the order of his porcelains being decorated in the style of the porcelains of the Chenghua Emperor who was his grandfather in order to prove his Imperial trait. The pair to this jar with identical design, style, shape and in similar conditions was sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong on 25 April 2004, Lot 298. They were probably restored by the same person. Date: Jiajing mark and period (AD1521 – AD1567); Height: 24.9cm; Max. width: 28cm; Condition: one overpainted stained crack to body, neck reconstructed, minor repairs and repaintings to surface; Provenance: ex. Nelsonz-Atkins Museum, Kansas City.