MING DYNASTY (1368-1644)
HEIGHT OF JAR: 6CM;
DIAMETER OF CUP: 5.7CM
The porcelain jar is moulded and incised in imitation of basketweave, embellished with thin crosshatched woven detail around the neck in low relief and covered evenly with a white glaze. The vessel has been fired on three small spurs after Song dynasty ceramics.
The jar is paired with a small similarly decorated jade cup. The cup is pale white in tone with splashes of russet inclusions around the rim.
The Carl Kempe Collection (for the whiteware jar)
Vessels imitating basketweave were popular since the Song dynasty and were copied in several different materials, such as jade, silver and porcelain. A larger whiteware example, attributed to the Ding kilns, is illustrated in Selection of Masterworks in the Collection of the National Palace Museum 國立故宮博物院藏品選目, Taipei, 1980, p. 42, Catalogue No. 24
A jade basketweave bowl of similar shape, dated to the Song dynasty, was published in Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 2002, pp. 391-392, Catalogue No. 29:2