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A large Chinese pair of underglaze blue and copper-red baluster jars and covers
A large Chinese pair of underglaze blue and copper-red baluster jars and covers

KANGXI (1662-1722)

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A large Chinese pair of underglaze blue and copper-red baluster jars and covers
Kangxi (1662-1722)
Painted with a washed-blue ground broad descending ruyi-lappet collar, reserved with a scrolling meander of peony picked out in copper-red, above a row of lozenge cartouches enclosing a stylised flower, the base encircled by formal Iznik-style leafy stems,the domed cover similarly decorated below a plain knop finial (one jar and cover damaged and repaired, both finials restuck)
76cm. high (2)

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As with underglaze blue, copper-oxide red merely requires one firing in the kiln. In practice it shows a high degree of failure due to the difficulty involved in obtaining the perfect composition of the glaze and copper as well as the ideal temperature in the kiln.
Although the technique was fully mastered by the early Ming reign (1368-1644), the degree of difficulty often caused the production to be abandoned, making those that have survived so highly prized.
One of the short revivals was during the Kangxi period (1662-1722) when the kilns at Jingdezhen had received a new boost following years of civil war. A new range of porcelain was developed for the export combining the copper-red with underglaze blue of which the above pair of jars are an excellent example.
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