This blue and white china ewer found in the Dining Room was made in the mid to second half of the 16th century during the Ming Dynasty in China. The Ming dynasty was a period of advancement in technology and techniques used in ceramic making.
Ceramicists explored different colours and showed a preference for painted designs as well as taking inspiration from foreign styles.
However, blue and white ceramics are some of the most well-known pieces from the Ming Dynasty. The blue colour and shades became clearer and more defined.
There was also a shift in the economy with emphasis put on producing ceramics and goods to sell overseas across the world. Plates and vases were particularly sought after.
This Chinese ewer is decorated with the ‘magic fountain’ design, a fairly common theme in blue and white Chinese ceramics. It was a theme that evoked the idea of extending life, of living forever. By drinking the liquid from this jug, you could potentially extend your life.
This theme is carried on it’s makers mark, which means ‘Forever preserve late spring’. A wish for longevity, not a date sign.