Doucai Porcelain 15th Century Ming Dynasty Chenghua Mark & Period Tian Jar (WORLD CLASS) Joseph.Sharon@chinesemasterpieces.com
This is a extremely fine Chinese antique doucai three friends Tian Jar. Doucai means contrasting colors, they used under glaze blue out lines filled in with colored enamel that are well balanced and artistically pleasing using a whimsical Style. The three friends of winter are Pine, Bamboo, and Prunus branches. You can clearly see the under glaze blue used was the imported cobalt called Samali blue and this was mixed with the local cobalt pitang and this gave the Chenghua period the most beautiful refined Cobalt blue in Chinese history and very easy to distinguish from other cobalts that China has used. They haven't imported the samali blue for or 500 years and today they're not sure where in Persia it even came from. The clay that was used in the Finest Doucai wares of the Imperial Chenghua Kiln had slightly off white color, somewhat like the color of bone. You can clearly see this also they used high firing kilns that often would turn the foot ring brownish and the base would be slightly wavey in certain light. The Chenghua mark on the base means Heaven. The Chenghua period was the pinnacle of the Doucai technique and this Jar confirms why, this Tian Jar is in a class of it own. This Ming Dynasty Chenghua Period Three Friends Tian Jar measures approximately. 5 1/8 " tall.
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