Large Chinese late Qing dynasty Guangxu period lidded porcelain baluster form jar decorated in underglaze blue against a faint bluish-white background with four “shuangxi” symbols (indicating double-happiness and wedded bliss) surrounded by a stylized pattern of pencil style scrolling sweet pea flowers and vines (symbolizing “many children”). The interior and base are glazed but the foot rim and mouth are unglazed. There is kiln grit adhering to the foot rim. This type of decoration with a sweet pea floral background was produced for the Straits Chinese communities and is also referred to as blue and white nonya ware or "Shanghai ware" (see “Straits Chinese Porcelain: A Collector’s Guide” by Ho Wing Meng). Custom wood replacement lid. 17” high x about 9 1/2” diameter. Late 19th century to circa 1900. There is an old browned crack about 5” long extending down from an old repaired chip at the mouth rim. A browned production flaw crack extends across the base. An old wax “repair” runs along this crack partly covering an underglaze blue 4-character Chenghua reign mark. From the private collection of a former American resident in Guangzhou and Beijing from 1983-1987.