A Chinese blue and white 'lotus scroll' jar, dated 1587, Wanli mark and of the period


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H.: 23 cm

Condition: (UV-checked)
- Painted in a very attractive shade of cobalt blue.
- With superficial glaze loss around the rim.
- A tight ca. 4 cm hairline running down the neck, mostly showing on the inside. On the outside it is only visible over ca. 2 cm. Possibly baking related as their appears to be a baking anomaly on the inside of the neck.

The base with an inscription reading 萬曆丁亥年造黔府應用' - 'Wanli dinghai nian zao qianfu yingyong' referring to the year 'dinghai' (1587).

“Qianfu/黔府" on Chinese blue-and-white porcelain refers to the Mu family. During the Ming Dynasty, the Mu family fought the North and then battled the Southwest Frontier for a long time, achieving great achievements for the Ming Dynasty. As a result, the Mu family became incredibly affluent and wealthy, holding sway over the economy and politics of Yunnan into the 1600's.

Ref.: Guizhou Provincial Museum, Guiyang, China, for another blue and white piece bearing this inscription. According to the text, it is the only known example with this inscription. (link)

Estimate: € 30000 - € 60000