Pair of Jars with Covers

Date: 1662 - 1722 (Kangxi period)

The definition of “porcelain” makes it seem so simple—a ceramic mixed from kaolin (white china clay) and other hard stone (feldspars) heated to a high temperature. From these ingredients derives the most mesmerizing and beguiling of materials. Discovered by the Chinese in the eighth century, the pure and carefully mined ingredients fired at such a high temperature created a ceramic that was brilliantly white and stunningly translucent, yet remarkably hard. This very hot firing caused the body and the lead glaze on top of it to fuse, sealing and strengthening the form.

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Medium: Hard-paste porcelain with blue underglaze decoration

Dimensions: H: 7 3/4 x W: 5 1/4 in.

Place: China

Accession: 0368.1a,b-2a,b

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Ceramics - Porcelain

Tags: Kangxi Period , White and Blue

Purchased January 20, 1977 from Sotheby Parke Bernet. Formerly in the collections of James Garland and J.P. Morgan, Nos. 190 and 191. Also from the collection of the University Museum, Philadelphia, sold at Sotheby Parke Bernet March 13, 1975, lot 347.