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The bulbous porcelain jar is thrown from a fine textured paste with a gray-green hue. It is painted in underglaze blue with carp and foliage and fitted into a molded silver foot ring with a dentiled border. The foot is joined to the handle by a flat strip of foliate outline. The C-shaped...

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Engraved on cover, LIVE TO DIE AND LIVE


On inside of cover and on neck, maker's mark a walet hook palewise on a bend crosswise in a plain shield (Jackson, 1921, p. 98; rev. ed. 1989, p. 95) (repeated on underside of foot); lion passant; leopard's head crowned; date letter N


July 26, 1939, anonymous ("different properties") sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, lot 140A, to Fenouil for £140. John Hunt, London and Dublin. May 9, 1957, anonymous sale ("property of a lady"), Sotheby's, London, lot 123, to Garrard and Co., London; sold by Garrard to the MFA for $10,097. (Accession Date: June 5, 1957)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

English (London), marked 1550–51 with later alterations

Object Place

London, England


H. 19.5k cm (7 11/16 in.); W. 14 cm (5 1/2 in.); Diameter (of foot) 10.4 cm (4 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Porcelain with underglaze blue decoration (China, Ming dynasty, Chia-ching mark [1552–56]) with silver gilt mounts