Accession no: LL 6143
Object type: Ceramic
Materials: Porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
Place made: Jingdezhen, China
Date made: Qing Dynasty, Kangxi (1662-1722 AD)
Measurements: H. 55.1 cm, D. 15.7 cm (at rim), 15.8 cm (at base)
Description: Vase with ovoid body, high foot, and neck in the form of a beaker with bulbous stem and flaring mouth. On the body is a landscape with houses, bridge and causeway, boats and figures. On the stem is a band of landscape and a band of pine pattern. Pine pattern on the shoulder. On the neck, bands of landscape. Borders of Vandyke and fret patterns, curled scrolls, and plum blossom on crackled ice.
Mark - two Chinese coins - under the base with a double ring.
This type of decoration reflects Chinese ideals of natural beauty. It was enormously influential in Europe: in Britain it was widely imitated on porcelain in the later 18th century and developed into such standard designs as the 'willow pattern'.
Purchased by Lever from James Orrock between 1903 and 1912, gifted to the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 1922.
R. L. Hobson, Chinese Porcelain and Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art , London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1928, No. 84.
National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, The Making of a Gallery - William Hesketh Lever, Collector & Builder, Guide One, Chinese Ceramics, Item No. 9.