Chongzhen period / Transitional period, 1640’s
Height 20 cm
Of tall tapering cylindrical shape and applied with a loop handle, painted in shades of underglaze blue with a scene set in a garden of scholar presented with two male figures dressed in short robes, trees and mountain peaks in the background, the sun/moon in the sky, a plantain, stylised rockwork and swirling clouds dividing the scene, all set in between a band at the top with scroll-work and a band around the foot with similar scroll-work, the handle painted with a flowering branch.
There is a tankard of similar form in the Queen's Bedroom at Kensington Palace, as part of the Royal Collection. It is attributed Ming Period, c.1635-1645 (collection number RCIN 1060). This tankard is illustrated in John Ayers' volume 'Chinese and Japanese Works of Art in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen, 2016, C&J p.238
Compare a similar tankard, attributed 1640, with later silver mounts in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (accession number 1967-70-1).
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