A fahua stoneware jar

A fahua stoneware jar


Ming dynasty
Height: 11 3/4 in, 29.8 cm

the well-rounded body rises from a spreading foot to a high shoulder and terminates in a waisted neck. The sides are painted in white, yellow, turquoise and aubergine enamels on a lapis-lazuli blue ground with a frieze of ducks in a lotus pond, beneath a cloud collar filled with lotus around the shoulder, and above a lotus-lappet band around the foot. The neck is decorated with clouds. The interior is covered with a thin white glaze with green splashes, and the uneven foot is unglazed. (Restored.)

Formerly in a Western private collection.

For related fahua jars decorated with lotus ponds, see The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, Exhibition of Chinese Ceramics from Neolithic Age to Qing Dynasty, no. 59; Pope and Lawton, The Freer Gallery of Art: I China, pl. 128; Special Exhibition: Chinese Ceramics, no. 277, p. 194, in the collection of the Matsuoka Museum of Art, Tokyo; and Tregear, Guide to the Chinese Ceramics in the Department of Eastern Art, Ashmolean Museum, p. 35.