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  • Blue and White Porcelain Jar

    Past Highlights: Blue and White Porcelain Jar

    Blue and White Porcelain Jar (Guan) Painted with a Narrative Scene
    Yuan dynasty, mid 14th century

    Blue and white porcelain - the painting of diluted cobalt oxide on to porcelain and covering it with a transparent shiny glaze - was a development of the Yuan dynasty.  The technique was rapidly perfected as witnessed by the beautifully drawn and complex scene on this vase.  It shows a story from Warring States history concerning a conflict between the states of Yan and Qi.

    Image thanks to Christie's

    Height: 33.3cm