Chinese collection

Item LL 6179
Three quarter view of vase of item LL 6179

Accession no: LL 6179
Object type: Ceramic
Name: Vase
Materials: Earthenware with enamel on biscuit decoration in fahua style
Place made: China
Date made: Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD)
Measurements: H. 17.8 cm, D. 6.2 cm x 5.4 cm (at belly)

Description: Vase, one of a pair (to LL 6180) of hard earthenware, rectangular in shape, decorated with branches of flowers and foliage in turquoise, aubergine, and yellow on crackled turquoise ground. This vase was made for use in China, either as an altar vessel or for burial in a tomb. The fahua style features turquoise and other coloured glazes, usually separated by raised outlines. The vases are light in weight, and were probably made in the southern province of Guangdong.

Provenance
R. H. Benson collection; his sale, Christie's, 1 July 1924, lot 59. Purchased by Frank Partridge for Lever; £44.2s (for LL 6179 & LL 6180 ); 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. 29. National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, The Making of a Gallery - William Hesketh Lever, Collector & Builder, Guide One, Chinese Ceramics, Item No. 24.