Description & Technical information

A rare pair of porcelain dark blue ewers of compacted pear-shaped form and flared feet. The mouths are crescent-moon shaped; the spouts are curved. Both ewers have traces of floral gilt decoration. Two similar ewers are in The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Accession Numbers 775-1888 and 1674-1876, and are published by Kerr and Mengoni, Chinese Export Ceramics, V&A Publishing, London, 2011, p. 111, pl. 158. According to Kerr, the shape of the ewers stems from Middle Eastern metalwork in combination with their crescent-shaped mouths and their dark blue glazes (Kerr, p. 110). A late 17th century bluish-white ewer made in Iran with a curved spout and crescent-moon mouth is in The British Museum, London, Accession Number OA739, and shows the same Middle Eastern form as these Chinese export ewers.

Date:  18th century
Period:  1600-1750, 1750-1850, 18th century
Origin:  China
Medium: porcelain
Dimensions: 29 cm (11³/₈ inches)
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art