Chinese collection

Item LL 6177
Pair of urns - LL 6177 and LL 6178

Accession no: LL 6177
Object type: Ceramic
Name: Jar and cover
Materials: Porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration in famille rose style
Place made: Jingdezhen, China
Date made: Qing Dynasty, 18th Century
Measurements: H. 67.9 cm, DB. 13.5 cm

Description: Jar, one of a pair (to LL 6178), with oval body with return curve above the base, short straight neck, and dome-shaped cover. Painted in famille rose enamels with touches of gilding. The main design consists of flowering peony, peach and magnolia with birds and a clump of chrysanthemums with butterflies. On the shoulders, a band of ju-i (ruyi ''as-you-wish'') shaped lappets with flowers in a ground of red curled scrolls; band of flowers in a pale opaque blue ground above. On the neck, floral sprays; and above the base, a border of false gadroons enclosing flowers. Cover to match. Base unglazed.

From the 1720s European demand for famille rose colours largely replaced the demand for famille verte and the other colours of the Kangxi reign.

Lord Wimborne collection; his sale, Christie's, 1923, purchased by Frank Partridge for Lever, £267.15s.; by whom gifted the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 1922. Wimborne inherited this collection from his grandmother Lady Charlotte Elisabeth Schreiber. She, with her second husband Charles Schreiber, formed a series of collections. When he died she presented their most distinguished collections - the European ceramics, enamels and glass - to the Victoria & Albert Museum.

R. L. Hobson, Chinese Porcelain and Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art, London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1928, No. 251. National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, The Making of a Gallery - William Hesketh Lever, Collector & Builder, Guide One, Chinese Ceramics, Item No. 8.