Pair of urns and covers, Qing dynasty, Jiaqing period (1796-1820), circa 1800-1820

Pair of urns and covers, Qing dynasty, Jiaqing period (1796-1820), circa 1800-1820. Porcelain decorated in overglaze polychrome enamels and gold, 47.5 x 23 cm© Jorge Welsh Works of Art

Urns were produced in various shapes and decorative themes for the export market during the late 18th and early 19th century. It is clear that many were ordered privately, as they often incorporate initials, inscriptions or coats of arms. This striking pair of urns was probably modelled on a European silver prototype. The finial in the form of a robed lady, sitting cross-legged holding a tea bowl in one hand and leaning on a barrel, is most unusual. Interestingly, finials depicting similar figures also appear on a number of contemporary ‘black basalt’ teapots in the Wedgwood style. Two pairs of comparable urns, but painted with different decorative motifs to the present example, are in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania. 

Provenance: The James E. Sowell Collection

Jorge Welsh Works of Art (stand 210). TEFAF 2016, 11-20 march, Maastricht 

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