Large Chinese Yuan / Early Ming Dynasty Blue & White Jar with Cover with Oxford TL Test
This large and rare early underglazed jar, complete with cover, was made during the latter part of the Yuan Dynasty (AD 1279 - 1368), or the early Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), at one of the kilns at Yuxi in Yunnan province. Although classed as "blue & white" ware, the underglaze cobalt blue has fired very dark and the glaze is distinctly greenish in colour. Around the shoulder, painted in underglaze cobalt blue, are three fish interspersed with aquatic plants. The lower body is decorated with scrolling floral and leaf patterns with a band of large lotus leaves toward the base. The cover is decorated with geometric leaf patterns. Interestingly, looking inside the jar shows that it has been made in two sections, upper and lower, that have been luted together, prior to application of the glaze. The unglazed wire-cut base is slightly concave. There are kiln scars to the cover and a firing fault to the lower body of the jar.
Early underglazed jars such as this from the Yuxi kilns are not widely documented and have been unknown in the West until relatively recently. Those few that are documented are generally attributed to the Yuan Dynasty; although research does suggest that production of this type of wear also extended into the early Ming Dynasty.
This is a large example with a height of 40.5 cm (16 inches). Overall condition is very good: there is no sign of restoration or repair to the jar but there is a small section at the edge of the cover that has been broken out and re-stuck (most known examples of this type have lost their covers, so the fact this has a cover is quite exceptional).
As with many of our finer and rarer items, we have had this vessel tested by Oxford Authentications, the ONLY testers of ancient pottery accepted by all major dealers, auction houses and museums worldwide, and the Thermoluminescence Analysis Report that will accompany this item is shown with our images.
This jar is available for inspection at our Brighton gallery.
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