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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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Inscription

Engraved on cover, LIVE TO DIE AND LIVE

Marks

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

Provenance

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

Dimensions

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.)

Accession Number

57.530

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver