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17th-Century Chinese Imari Porcelain Jars

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These are the finest examples of Chinese Imari porcelain we've ever had the pleasure to offer

Key Features

  • An incredibly large and rare pair of 17th century Chinese Imari porcelain jars
  • The jars were crafted during the reign of the Kangxi Emperor
  • These jars were crafted in a baluster form with blue underglaze, and red and gold overglaze
  • Gilded "foo dogs" or Chinese gardian lions top the jar's original lids
  • To find such a large, ornate pair of 17th-century vessels in this excellent condition is exceptional
  • Circa 1680
  • Jars: 33 1/8" high
    With bases: 44" high

Item Details

  • Height:
    33 1/8"; w/bases:44" Inches
  • Period:
    Pre-18th Century
  • Origin:
Incredible rarity and size make this stellar pair of late 17th-century Chinese Imari porcelain jars truly remarkable. They are the most quintessential examples of Chinese Imari porcelain we have ever had the pleasure to offer.  Standing at nearly three feet high, the jars were crafted in a baluster, or "potiche" shape during the reign of the Kangxi Emperor, the fourth of the Qing Dynasty, who ruled from 1661-1722. The forms are adorned with wonderfully vivid blue underglaze, with red and gold overglaze in a fanciful motif of winged and horse-like creatures surrounded by a foliate backdrop. The pair is complete with their original lids, which are topped by gilded "foo dogs" or Chinese guardian lions. A pair of exceptionally crafted Italian mercury-gilded bronze bases dating to the 18th century were created specifically for these jars, and serve to elevate the importance and beauty of these 17th century porcelain masterpieces. A similar pair of Chinese Imari baluster jars are exhibited at the National Tile Museum of Portugal in Lisbon. Complete and excellent condition. 

Circa 1680

Jars: 33 1/8" high
With bases: 44" high

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