Each lion bears the Chinese character wang (king) on the forehead. The bottom of the jar shows period correct reddish coloration and evidence of use and age, including some pitting, while the glaze has the expected distribution of small iron oxide pockmarks and other imperfections -- all expected of a 400-year-old porcelain. The rim is shod in a later copper collar to protect the lip, which probably saw considerable honest use in its day. The collar is firmly affixed, but we can surmise that the concealed lip has some chipping. The jar bears three hairline cracks, including a long, oxidized crack around the middle of the jar (see photos).
There are also some spider lines inside the jar. Again, all these imperfections are. Commensurate with use and age.Overall, this is an exceptionally rare and fine piece, one that is remarkable for the quintessentially Ming robustness of decorative motifs and for its large size. The lion is a rarely seen animal in Chinese porcelain, compared to, say, the dragon, deer or phoenix. This stylized lion, with the fanning tail, was more commonly seen in bronze censors of the period. The accompanying photo of another example of similar size and age, and also with the lion motif, is from the book Ming Porcelain by Daisy Goldschmidt Lion (1978). This piece is identified as period Wanli, c. 1600, and is in the permanent collection of the Ashmolean Museum of Oxford (Department of Antiquities). Height: 35 cm - 14 in tall. Weight: 16.5 lb - 7.5 kg.
The item "Chinese Ming Wanli period blue and white porcelain jar 16th -17th Century" is in sale since Monday, January 21, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Vases". The seller is "thousandeye1" and is located in Rego Park, New York.
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