A large Chinese famille verte “aiguière à crosse”. Kangxi period.
Modelled after a European silver shape with an incurving bracket handle, spreading foot and moulded bearded human mask under the spout, enamelled around the body with a bird perched on a camellia branch above moulded elongated petals reserved on a seeded-green ground, the foot with similar smaller petals, repeated again to form a rope-twist design below the rim.
- China (for the French market)
- Period :
- Kangxi (1662-1722)
- 10.62 in. (27 cm)
- Reference :
For a pair of identical ewer, from The Hon. Mrs. Nellie Ionides (no. 710), see Christie’s London, Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Including Export Art, 17 June 2003, no. 172 (sold 10.158 GBP).
For a pair of smaller ewer decorated in the Imari palette, see Jorge Welsh, Out of the Ordinary: Living with Chinese Export Porcelain, 2014, no. 94, pp. 292/295.
For a similar ewer in the collection of the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), see C. Jorg, Famille Verte: Chinese Porcelain in Green Enamels (2011) p. 150.
See also, David Howard & John Ayers, China for the West, p. 117, ill. 91.