Made in the 20th century in homage to a late Qing porcelain form, this is a pair of large covered six-sided tea jars. They are hand constructed from porcelain slabs and decorated in raised relief with flowers, vases, and precious objects. Auspicious elements such as peaches, birds, flower vases on stands, and other symbols of longevity, wealth, and happiness adorn the pieces.
The lid interiors are aqua, the jar interiors are white. The alternating exterior colors of aqua, pink, and deep blue provide the contrasting ground for the relief objects. A thin collar around the top supporting the lid is decorated with horizontal foliate designs, as is the foot, which is canted inward to form the base. There are spots where the enamel went on too thinly on the highest relief areas, leaving white to show through.
Although they are not marked, they were probably made in the Chinese Portuguese colony of Macau in the early second half of the century and celebrate the oversized, bold style elements of the Hollywood Regency. They are large colorful bright pieces with no chips or cracks. They are just over 13 inches tall and 8.5 inches in diameter. The final photo gives them scale; they are sitting on a pembroke table with a paperweight in the foreground.
Pair of Qing Reproduction Chinese Hexagonal Covered Tea Jars