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Large Kangxi Chinese Porcelain Prunus and Cracked Ice Design Jar

Large Kangxi Chinese Porcelain Prunus and Cracked Ice Design Jar

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Porcelain: Pre 1700: Item # 1379994

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A large lidded blue and white ginger jar with a classic prunus in winter design. The jar has much more thought put into the design than later pieces. The branches show knot holes and bark lines and the blossoms show stamens. Little raised dots appear on branches and the stamens, which adds dimension and texture. The painting is also unique with the branches being gnarled and pointing downward. This makes for a more realistic approach.

The jar has a compressed ovoid shape. The designs were hand painted with a nice dark blue cobalt with dark undertones. The line quality of the design is very good with a definite practiced hand. There is a dentate pattern in a ring around the mouth. There is a white edge just above the foot. The glaze feels very smooth and unctuous. It has a shiny appearance.

The domed porcelain lid also has a prunus in winter design. It is glazed on both inside and out, but not the edge. It looks good with the jar but I believe it is a marriage. The blossoms on the lid have flat painted dots around the stamens and the cobalt is a smokier blue. I believe it is still an 18th century lid.

The jar has been hand potted, and you can see the potter’s wheel marks on the unglazed foot ring and unglazed mouth. The foot ring is so very smooth from being moved many times over the ages. The unglazed surfaces reveal a refined clay texture and white color. The recessed base is glazed and has a painted double ring in under glaze cobalt blue, typical of the Kangxi period.

9 ¾” (24.8 cm) tall x 8 ½” (21.6 cm) diameter. Weighs 4 lb 10.8 oz (2.125 kg)

The jar has no cracks, chips, or breaks. The lid has been broken in two and then stapled with four metal staples. It was a good repair for the time. It looks entire. The glazes look fresh and bright. (br>

A great piece to add to your décor or collection. It has such a fresh realistic look. I love the gnarled branch with the blossoms hanging down.