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Kangxi blue and white pair of jars


Framed Height
16 cm (6 1/4")
Chinese blue and white early 18th century pair of jars made during the reign of the Emperor Kangxi for export to Europe at the kilns of Jingdezhen.

The jars are excellent in colour with a bright vibrant blue each painted with three ladies in a fenced garden with rock work. The long Elizas are in different poses but are the same on each jar. The top is fringed with tree boughs.

To the base each is painted with the Artemisia leaf. This is a good mark to the base being one of the eight ordinary symbols. the others include the dragon, the pearl, lozenge, the golden coin, mirror, stone chimes, books and rhinoceros horn. The Artemisia leaf was supposed to keep evil from your door as it is associated with the rebel General Hung Huang. On capturing the city of Chang an, he ordered all those inhabitants to be slaughtered unless their door was hung with an Artemisia leaf, these were his supporters.

On one of the jars there is a very slight crackle in a few small areas. this can only be seen if look very closely this was probably because the jar cooled too quickly coming out of the kiln
Framed Height
16 cm (6 1/4")
c 1700
perfect. there is a firing default as mentioned earlier