Chinese collection

Item LL 6067

Accession no: LL 6067
Object type: Ceramic
Name: Vase with stand
Materials: Porcelain with enamel on biscuit decoration in fahua style
Place made: China
Date made: Ming Dynasty, Hongzhi (1488-1505 AD)
Measurements: H. 27 cm, DB. 42 cm

Description: Vase, of double gourd shape; porcelain with designs outlined in threads of clay and washed in with coloured glazes - aubergine, yellow, and white in a turquoise ground.

The vase features the so-called Eight Immortals of the Wine Cup, a group of poets of Tang Dynasty (618-906 AD) 'immortalized' in the work of the poet Du Fu (712-770 AD) and as famous for their drunkenness as for their verse. Their faces have been left unglazed and they are identified by the wine jars that they are leaning on.

Provenance
S. E. Kennedy collection; his sale, Christie's, 21 June 1916, lot 78. Purchased by Frank Partridge for Lever; £257.5; by whom gifted to the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 1922.

Literature
R. L. Hobson, Chinese Porcelain and Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art, London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1928, No.4. B. Rackham, ‘’Ceramics’’ in Chinese Art: An Introductory Handbook to Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Textiles, Bronzes & Minor Arts, London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1935, pp. 28- 38, Plate 31.