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Pair of Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Covered Jars

Kangxi period, AD 1662-1722


Of footed cylindrical form with animal-faced handles and dome-shaped covers with knob finials. Each is decorated with reserves of Precious Antiques. All finely painted in deep underglaze blue.
Height: 6 inches (15.3 cm.)

Almost identical examples may be found in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam and the historic collection of Augustus the Strong (1670- 1733), Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, now in the Zwinger Museum, Dresden.
Ex: Dutch Noble Collection

Jars of this type are believed to have been made to hold spices or cinnamon sticks. Though intended for export, and based upon a Western form, the decoration and even handles are very Chinese in taste. Precious Antiques is a collective decorative motif showing the taste and appreciation of artworks and antiquities that a person of culture and intellect would acquire and hold dear.

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