Jar and cover

LL 6177


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.