Chinese collection

Item LL 24
labels on base of item LL 24

Accession no: LL 24
Object type: Ceramic
Name: Wine ewer in the form of a shou character
Materials: Porcelain with overglaze enamel deocration in famille verte style
Place made: Jingdezhen, China
Date made: Qing Dynasty, Kangxi (1662-1722 AD)
Measurements: H. 22.9 cm

Description: Wine ewer, in the form of a shou character, signifying good health, long life, and happiness. In the centre on either side is a sunken panel, one of which is decorated with flying cranes and a pine tree in various colours, and the other with flying storks approaching a pagoda situated near a lake. The remainder of the decoration consists of a trellis design in green with yellow centres edged with aubergine, the body being a rich green enamel. The handle and spout are fashioned as bamboo cane.

Provenance
Richard Bennett collection; his sale, 1911, purchased by Edgar Gorer for Lever; by whom gifted to the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 1922.

Exhibited
The Arts of the Ch'ing Dynasty, organised by The Arts Council of Great Britain and the Oriental Ceramic Society, 26 May - 2 July 1964, London: The Arts Council Gallery.

Literature
E. Gorer, Catalogue of the Collection of Old Chinese Porcelains formed by Richard Bennett, Esq. Thornby Hall, Northampton, London, 1911, p. 53, No. 283. L. Hobson, Chinese Porcelain and Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art, London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1928, No. 365. Arts Council Catalogue, 1964, No. 135.