A fine blue and white porcelain jardinière
Diameter: 8 3/4 in, 22.2 cm
The well-rounded sides, rising from a small recessed base, turn inwards towards the rolled rim. The sides are painted in vivid underglaze blue with a dignitary, seated in front of a large screen, between two female attendants, one of whom carries a wrapped qin, and the other a fan; two soldiers carrying lanterns stand to one side. An emissary kneels before the dignitary, accompanied by two soldiers, carrying halberds, and another female attendant, holding a jue, all on a terrace with a pierced rock and banana plants. The base is painted in underglaze blue with a leaf mark within concentric circles.
Formerly in an English private collection.
Exhibited: The Art Treasures Exhibition, Grafton Galleries, London, 30 April–26 May 1928.
For blue and white jardinières of this form, see Chen, Qing Shunzhi Kangxi Chao Qinghuaci, no. 247, pp. 386–7, also with a leaf mark on the base, in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing; Ferguson, Cobalt Treasures: The Robert Murray Bell and Ann Walker Bell Collection of Chinese Blue and White Porcelain, no. 95, p. 71; and Wan, Wang and Lu, Daily Life in the Forbidden City, fig. 224, pp. 164–5, on the display shelves along the wall of the Study of Fresh Fragrance.
See also Wang, Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, no. 9, pp. 14–15, for a blue and white and underglaze-red brush pot painted with a related scene.