Of upright form painted in vibrant blues, each side painted with a
detailed scene of
the Crucifixion beneath a plaque inscribed 'INRI', the eyes
and nose of dotted drawing,
each Cross flanked by long elaborate curing leafy scrolls with two a
upward facing flowerheads (possibly a lily),
all below a band of
cloud-scrolls enclosing a lily, the slightly everted rim with a band
of further scrolling foliage and flora interspersed with birds; the
verso with an artemesia leaf; possibly once with a cover.
This form is also sometimes listed as a ‘chocolate cup’ or
Condition : Excellent
A blue and white
Crucifixion jar from the
McCann Collection (Metropolitan Museum),
is discussed by Le Corbeillier, China Trade
Porcelain, Patterns of Exchange, (Jar 3),
as to the
relationship of the floral motif to contemporary European embroidery
part below*) :
* "The spareness and formality of the floral
decoration, together with its stylistic mannerisms,
bring to mind the technique of
embroidery with its satin stitches,
laid and couched threads, spangles, and French
All are in evidence here, in the solid and
lightly lined flowers and leaves,
in the heavier striping of the stems,
and in the dotted spirals.....
Particularly close, in the choice of motifs
and the technique, are pillow and book covers made in England
in the mid-17th century, in which the sheen of
the white satin ground favored by the embroiderer
sets off the pattern much as does the glossy
white of the porcelain.
Common in Stuart needlework, too, are friezes
of conventionalized flowers and birds
(analogous to that on the neck of Jar 3).
Many of the book covers, despite their
cheerful decorativeness, were made for books of prayers or the
and some such source of design may have been
at hand in this instance. "
Pillow : embroidery on white satin.
mid-17th century; The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Further References :
For a similar Kangxi crucifixion Blue and White Porcelain beaker,
with saucer see :
Chinese Porcelain At The Time Of
Empire (Nuno de Castro, ACD Editions, 2007) Page 379
For another Kangxi crucifixion Blue and White Porcelain beaker and
saucer dated to 1690-1710 :
Made in China, Export Porcelain from the
Leo and Doris Hodroff Collection at Winterthur
(Ronald W. Fucks II in collaboration with
David S. Howard, A Winterthur Book).