“Jug” with lid (of a pair), China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), 19th century
Jingdezhen porcelain decorated with underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze enamels and gilding
Bequest Baroness Salomon de Rothschild, deposit of the Fondation nationale des arts graphiques et plastiques, 1923
Inv. ROTHSCHILD 20.A
© Les Arts Décoratifs / photo: Jean Tholance
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Luxury objects in Europe, Chinese porcelains were first integrated into the decors of aristocratic residences in the 16th century. They show the excellence and the precocity of a skill practiced in China from the 13th century, and also the development of international trade between Asia and Europe from the end of the 16th century. During the second half of the 19th century, the presence of China at the Universal Expositions and the renewal of interest in the 18th century relaunched the fashion for these large porcelain objects among the gentry.