Pair of Lidded Jars

Object Details


Pair of Lidded Jars




Jars: Chinese, Mounts: French


1662 to 1745


Porcelain, underglaze blue, overglaze enamel decoration, and gilding; gilt-bronze mounts

Credit Line:

Partial gift of Dr. Horace W. Brock in honor of Martin Zimet

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The painted decoration on the Chinese porcelain of these mounted jars represents the phoenix flying through flowers, symbolic of prosperity and nobility. French craftsmen transformed these jars into a more conventional Western shape by placing the porcelain in gilt-bronze mounts, including handles and a knob. The porcelain would have been valued purely for its decoration. The handles are designed in the form of dragons, a motif associated with China and Japan.