Large Chinese Yuan / Early Ming Dynasty Blue & White Jar with Cover
Rarely offered for sale, this large early "blue & white" 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. Around the shoulder, painted in underglaze cobalt blue, are three stylised Dogs of Fo and beribboned objects. 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.
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. For information, at the end of the images of this jar, we also show a similar example from a 1985 Japanese publication, dated to the Yuan Dynasty.
Height 35.5 cm (14 inches). Overall condition is very good: although not at all obvious, there is a professional quality repair where a small section at the rim has been broken out and re-attached. There is also a firing fault to the rim that could be misinterpreted as a crack, although it is not (see our close-up image).
This jar is available for inspection at our Brighton gallery.
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