Large Chinese late Qing dynasty Guangxu period porcelain lidded baluster form jar, or "general's helmet jar" (jiang jun guan), decorated in underglaze blue with leafy vines and sweet pea flowers set against a white ground with a pale blue tint. Four Buddhist lion dog heads are applied on a ruyi border under the short cylindrical neck. A lappet form band is at the base. The interior and base are glazed while the mouth rim and foot rim are unglazed. Included is an old custom wood replacement lid. Measures 14” high to the top of the finial x about 8” diameter. Late 19th century to circa 1900. Very good overall condition. There is a thin chip on the inside of the mouth rim and a tiny, faint browned hairline on the neck (see enlargements 7 and 8). From the private collection of a former American resident in Guangzhou and Beijing from 1983-1987.