Blue and White Transitional Jar, Circa 1650
Chinese blue and white jar, Chongzhen(1628:1644), the body decorated with a continuous scene of two birds flying above foliate sprays of flowers and bamboo issuing from rockwork with insects and beneath clouds beneath a band of lappets to the neck.
Height: 10 3/4in. (27.5 cm.)
Chip to rim.
Chongzhen was not able to defend the northern frontier against the Manchu. When the rebels reached the capital Beijing in 1644, he committed suicide, ending the Ming dynasty. The Manchu formed the succeeding Qing dynasty.
For a similarly decorated jar see, Feng-Chun MA, ‘Chinese Porcelain from the Wanli to Kangxi Period’, p. 102, no. 46.