A rare blue and white ‘floral scroll’ jar, Xuande six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1426-1435), yellow enamel later

A rare blue and white ‘floral scroll’ jar, Xuande six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1426-1435), yellow enamel later

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Lot 2922. A rare blue and white ‘floral scroll’ jar, Xuande six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1426-1435), yellow enamel later; 4 7/8 in. (12.5 cm.) highEstimate HKD 2,000,000 - HKD 3,000,000 (USD 256,590 - USD 384,885)Unsold. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.  

The jar is potted with a bulbous body rising from a stepped foot to a short neck, painted in cobalt blue with a composite floral scroll comprising peony, lotus and chrysanthemum, between two bands of classic scroll around the shoulder and foot. The base is inscribed with the reign mark within a double circle, box.

ExhibitedFukuya Department Store, Chinese Ceramics: A Loan Exhibition of Selected Masterpieces, Hiroshima, 4-16 July 1961, catalogue no. 61
Kyoto National Museum, The Special Exhibition in Memory of the New Building, Kyoto, 1966, catalogue no. 289.

Note: Xuande jars of this design and shape are very rare, particularly the composite floral scroll comprising various flowers. The stepped foot and countersunk base, however, are characteristic of blue and white jars from the Xuande period, such as a tall blue and white jar decorated with a lotus scroll, with a reign mark reserved in a very similar sunken base and stepped foot, from the Qing Court Collection, now in the Palace Museum, illustrated in Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red (I), The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 2000, no. 106. The same treatment can also be found on a Xuande blue and white jar with a begonia scroll and inverted mouth, in the National Palace Museum, illustrated in Catalogue of the Special Exhibition of Selected Hsuan-te Imperial Porcelains of the Ming Dynasty, Taipei, 1998, no. 10.

Christie's. An Important Collection Of Chinese Ceramics From A Private Collector, Hong Kong, 27 November 2019