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Chinese Glazed Black Porcelain Large Jar Pine, Bamboo and Plum Flower
This large Chinese glazed black porcelain jar or vase or perhaps canister, IMO, is a finely decorated item and very beautiful piece. We have had a lot of compliments on it since we added it to our collection for the store. The color combination of light to dark brown shaded decorations on underglaze black is absolutely gorgeous. The artist has painted warm browns of flower bud branches, pine, and bamboo alternating around the four-sided high-fired huge lidded Chinese porcelain jar. This motif is called Shochikubai in Japanese, and a favorite motif often used as well as for a symbol of auspicious occasions in Japan. In Chinese, we do not know if there is a 'same' type translated name, the words that comprise are Méihuā 梅花 – plum flower, Sōng 松- pine, and Zhú 竹- bamboo. It is a late 20th-century porcelain vessel of the People's Republic '中华人民共和国' China, 1949-. It appears to be about 30-40 years old.
On one occasion I have seen another similar Chinese porcelain vessel- a vase- painted in this same design and gorgeous fine colors of light and dark brown in underglaze on black, and fell in love with it. I was so excited when I came across this piece I lost any self- control about not needing to add it to our collection. Most likely, it is made in large quantity for export due to the age although I do not know. I do not know much about Chinese wares or their uses, usually, this style is a 'jar' and in Japan somewhat similar to the cold water container for the tea ceremony. This one is shaped like a 60's or 70's canister, I think. It also somewhat looks like an old Chinese food vessel called Fu 簠- an ancient style. It is in excellent vintage condition with no cracks chips or repairs. It has some red coloring from the iron oxydation, I believe. The marking is one that would have been seen on a very old piece from the Ming Dynasty early 1200s, discussed below further and thank you, Sandra Andacht Simon, for help with this piece which indicates a mark of 'Xu Hongwu House June 7 made three years'. Per Sandra a late 20th century piece, and I believe three years means the third year of Ming. As Martin mentioned below, it was not a current mark but did not mean they made it, but like Japanese items 'made in the style of' a vessel made in the Ming Dynasty by the Xu House or family, and on Sharon's birthday! Priced at our cost, this came from China. It is possible one might find another to match from somewhere else, I do not follow Chinese that often so do not know.
SIZE: Height 13 inches or 33.02 cm, Width 8.2 x 5 inches and 20.82 x 10.16 cm, Weight 3 kg or 6.6 lbs. pre-packed, the shipping is flat rate our choice for the U.S.. We included the Retail Ground in case you are in Texas and it is less than what I chose for Flat rate.
Chinese Porcelain Brief Related History in the Early Ming Dynasty '
There are many sites and books with information about Chinese porcelain and marks. For a generic history see Wiki, for an extensive history about ceramics and Chinese makers and marks, see the Gotheborg website. An extensive list of recommended books can also be found at Gotheborgs. A gentleman in the Chinese group Martin Yong, helped us with the signature and dating, as a spurious mark meaning 'designed after and made out of respect for the original style or design' The mark on rhe front reads '徐府 洪武 三年 六月七日造'. This means 'Xu House hung wu three years June build'. And finally, Owner Xu family made or '徐府造'. According to Martin and additionally, it could be said as a 'Hong Wu third year, 7th of June, and a 'Ming dynasty' made item', as '徐府', the year '景泰', Jingtai 8th of July. Therefore, this mark either means a porcelain that was made three years into the Ming dynasty, or was made as a sign of respect for the artist. Hung-wu b. 1328-d. 1398 was the founder of the Ming dynasty of China. He provided the basis for much of China's subsequent development and expansion.
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