Holes in top and bottom where it had been drilled for use as a lamp. This Chinese Famille Rose melon form jar is of a type produced in Jingdezhen between 1910 and 1930. The foot is also very typical of porcelain jars and vases made during this time period. The figural scene is a rather idealized one of Chinese domestic life, depicting a well to do Chinese mother seated at a nicely appointed table stacked with books overseeing the education of her son, who can be seen with a practice sheet of calligraphy. Through the window is an ascending dragon, the symbolic vision of seeking perfection and knowledge.
Behind the mother is another female looking outward in appreciation of nature. The lid might have come from another pot and retrofitted, however I suspect it's been with the piece since it was made. In China lids were often made in areas separate from where the jars were made and then went through a sort of "Mix and Match" process when a pot was assigned a lid.Sizes were fairly standardized, so finding one thats "close" to the same was often enough. The script on the back, is apparently an ode to the virtues of education, learning and wisdom. The item "Chinese Famille Rose melon form jar late Qing or early Republic Period" is in sale since Sunday, September 13, 2020.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Vases". The seller is "mystician1" and is located in Cambridge, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.