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A Pair Of Chinese Blue And White Porcelain Rosewater Sprinklers, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period (1662-1722). Photo Gibson Antiques.

Each of elegant slender tear-drop form on conical feet, painted in underglaze blue with leaf-shaped panels enclosing lotus flowers, the necks with floral sprays. Height 17.5cm. Price on request

Rosewater sprinklers were initially exported to Batavia by the Dutch, and quite frequently are metal-mounted. They found their way via the VOC to the Netherlands as curiosities and decorative items.

Gibson Antiques. 7 Georgian House, 10 Bury Street, St James's, London SW1Y 6AA. t 00 44 (0) 7831 645468 - alastair@gibsonantiques.com - www.gibsonantiques.com