Chinese collection

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

Accession no: LL 6178
Object type: Ceramic
Name: Vase and cover
Materials: Porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration in famille rose style
Place made: Jingdezhen, China
Date made: Qing Dynasty, 18th Century
Measurements: H. 69 cm, DB. 13.2

Description: Jar, one of a pair (to LL 6177), 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.

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.