A LARGE BLUE AND WHITE 'THOUSAND SHOU-CHARACTER' MEDALLION JAR

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A LARGE BLUE AND WHITE 'THOUSAND SHOU-CHARACTER' MEDALLION JAR
JIAJING SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND OF THE PERIOD

The heavily potted baluster body decorated with a dense allover pattern of scrolling, leafy vine bearing shou-character medallions set atop lotus blossoms, with a band of conjoined ruyi heads below and a narrow foliate band encircling the neck above, the nianhao forming a slightly recessed medallion in the center of the otherwise unglazed base
18¼in. (46.3cm.) high, box

Lot Essay

It is rare to find a jar of this design of Jiajing mark and period, although a similar piece was sold in our London rooms, June 19, 1984, lot 255

Several mark and period Wanli examples are known, for example, the jar with more tightly painted shou characters and loose cloudheads at the base in the Ardebil Shrine Collection, illustrated by T. Misugi in Chinese Porcelain Collections in the Near East: Topkapi and Ardebil, Hong Kong, 1981, p. 207, A.117. See also the Wanli jar in the collection of the Museum Pusat, Jakarta, illustrated by Abu Ridho in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, vol. 3, Tokyo, 1982, no. 226. Compare also a covered jar of Wanli mark and period excavated in the eastern suburbs of Beijing, published in Wenwu, 1972, no. 6, inside back cover, fig. 3

This jar was formerly sold in our Hong Kong rooms, January 16, 1989, lot 600
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