Origin: Jingdezhen Kilns, China
Dating: c.1660 (Qing Dynasty)
Dimensions (cm): 55,5 x Ø 39,3
Inv. no.: PD0483
One of two white porcelain pots decorated in cobalt blue.
It is painted in several cobalt blue densities, slightly blurred, which was common in porcelain at the time.
One may see different scenes represented which are probably from novels or from theater. Two women, with luxurious costumes and long hair, dance around peonies in a garden. One of them holds a flower in her hands and the other gently moves her arms around. A maidservant, carrying a parasol, accompanies them. These are two almost similar scenes. The only differences are in the partly cloudy and sunny sky on one and, on the horizon, there are two birds. The other one appears to have been painted as if it was “mirrored” or in a reversed position.
A pair of large tree-like peonies separates the scenes.
The lid exhibit a sharper decoration with a more transparent glaze – with five children playing – which gives the impression of not belonging to the pots.
Maria Antónia Pinto Matos