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Chinese early 18th century blue and white porcelain lidded jar

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Category
Period
Reference
5752
Framed Height
22 cm (8 3/4")
Late Kangxi blue and white porcelain jar with a wooden lid with a jade disk set into it.

Painted to the side of the jar with two chasing phoenix amongst clouds. below the neck a band of ruyi heads and stylized foliage.

Although the Phoenix can be one of the signs of the Empress as it is said to be one of the most beautiful birds it also represents the sun, the wish for abundance, purity and longevity.

It was thought the Phoenix resembled a wild swan before and a Unicorn behind and it was considered to be formed from the throat of a swallow, a bill of a fowl, neck of a snake, tail of a fish, a forehead of a crane, crown of a mandarin duck drake, stripes of a dragon and the back of a tortoise. Some accounts say the tail was from the peacock.

The hard wood lid has been inset to the centre with a carved disk of Chalcedony / Jade

Excellent colour and potting of the jar
Framed Height
22 cm (8 3/4")
Year
c 1720
Medium
Porcelain
Country
China
Condition
Perfect