MAGNIFICENT, Chinese Ming Sancai porcelain jar. Sturdy potted porcelain jar with robust shoulder region curving into a feminine waist that extends all the way to the bottom forming the raised circular base. hand painted ornamentations are rendered in clean white underglaze base color which contrast against the Sancai coloration. The main body delicately decorated with enormous front facing iron-red imperial five-claws dragons flying between fresh green underglaze fumes clouds and flames above wavy Lishui water. The shoulder decorated flying phoenix interspersed with flowers blooms, scrolling foliage and ruyi, banded with double fine iron-red rings lines on the shoulder rim. Auspicious pattern, geometric motif and interlocking ruyi clouds decorated on the neck and on the foot base rim. Three glaze Sancai with alternating foliage around the cusp of the jar. Since the dragon and the phoenix usually serve as auspicious symbols, any reported sightings of a dragon or phoenix were considered extremely auspicious, heralding a glorious period of peace and prosperity for the people and the country. This is reflected in the Chinese saying: "When the dragon soars and the phoenix dances, the people will enjoy happiness for years, bringing peace and tranquility to all under heaven." From references to the dragon and phoenixes in local festivals and rites to the heights of literature and fine art, they all reveal the glory of these legendary animals. This inadvertently gave texture, energy, and shading to the design. The immaculate porcelain body covered with a characteristic silky glaze, pooling on the base slightly veiling the mark. The porcelain conformed all required specimen to be high valued Chinese porcelain wares, with finest material, the whiteness, the glaze, the carving, and the shape. Without overlap the outlines of the design, well carved, clear, subtle, and distinct. The clay is very fine, with a brilliant glaze finish that was applied by a meticulous, the shape is uniformly proportioned.
Measurements: 13-1/4" H x 14-3/4" Diam.
From the private collections of Madame Kimball, of Boston, Massachusetts, by inheritance. Records bought from AMEUBLEMENTS ANCIENS, Faiences & Porcelaines, Bibelots & Tapisseries Anciennes, 3 Rue Des Saints-Peres, Paris (6). Dealers in Works of Art & Antiques, Curios, Armor, Plate, China, Jewels, etc. The Kimball's family collections offered at this Auctions can be found on Lot 71, Lot 87, Lot 97 - 142, Lot 138 - 141 and Lot 146 - 153