A Famille Verte Baluster Jar

顺治 五彩 三多纹 小罐

Shunzhi period, 1638-1661


Height 13 cm


Decorated in thick, semi-translucent, pale and light green, yellow, aubergine and iron-red enamels with large leafy branches descending down the body and each bearing four large peaches, apples or pomegranates in two clusters.


This pattern of three fruits are commonly seen on Shunzhi period pieces. These three fruits represent a general wish of abundance in longevity (peach), as well as in fertility (pomegranate) and peace (apple).




Further images





Michael Butler and others

'Treasures from an Unknown Reign: Shunzhi Porcelain'

Alexandria, Virginia, 2002.


Sir Michael Butler and others

'Seventeenth-Century Chinese Porcelain from the Butler Family Collection'

Alexandria, Virginia, 1990.