|Famille Verte ‘Four Concubines & Sixteen Sons’ Jar (GWC111709)|
18th / 19th century
Late Qing, or possibly Kangxi
Porcelain with overglaze famille verte enamels
Height: 33 cm
Width (at widest point): 26.5 cm From a Leeds, United Kingdom collection
A gorgeous and extremely well painted antique Chinese baluster jar, enameled in the famille verte palette with exactly four concubines and sixteen sons, a theme especially popular during the 18th and 19th centuries, a time when China under the Qing dynasty experienced unparallel commercial expansion and population growth. The four concubines are gathered in the family’s reception hall to enjoy a concert of qin music, while their sixteen sons play and gather in the surrounding courtyard. This jar is quite thickly potted and sturdy in form, with the base left entirely unglazed.
Condition: Jar is in perfect antique condition. The original lid is missing. Due to age, there is surface wear to the glaze and enamels. But other than that, there are no further flaws.