An iron-red spittoon jar zhadou

19th century

The globular body is supported on a short straight foot and surmounted with a wide spreading neck. The exterior is painted in iron-red with two five-clawed dragons in pursuit of the flaming pearl amidst flames and ruyi-shaped clouds, all between two lappet bands around the foot and the shoulders of the vessel. The neck is decorated with a floral scroll, the foot with a scrolling band. The interior and base are glazed white.

9 cm high

 

Provenance:

Acquired in Amsterdam in 1994
Formerly in a Dutch private collection

The base of this zhadou was most probably once inscribed with an imperial reign mark, which is suggested by the polished and scratched area to the center of the base.


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