A Kangxi period very large baluster- shaped jar and cover, decorated in blue and white with the body showing 36 panels each enclosing a composition of butterflies amongst leafy peony sprays. The borders also reflect a floral image whilst the cover repeats the themes of the panels.
This impressive example is of monumental size 57cm (22 and 1/2 inches) high and boasts a vibrant and even blue colour and meticulous painting .
There is an identical jar and cover in the Topkapi Saray Museum. Please see : Regina Krahl " Chinese ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum , Qing Dynasty Porcelain vol,lll". Sotheby Parke Bernet 1986 p.1001.fig.2126
Condition : no restoration, body intact, a few pits and iron spots.
the jar: the rim with a few frits. the foot rim with small chip and frits.
the cover : a few frits and a short firing pit and line to glaze to the side of the knop