A pair of porcelain blue ewers made for the Islamic market, China, 18th century

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A pair of porcelain blue ewers made for the Islamic market, China, 18th century. Both 29cm high. Amir Mohtashemi Ltd at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017.

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.

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Ewer, Jingdezhen, China, 18th century. Porcelain with gold decoration on a blue ground. Diameter: 15.2 cm, Height: 28.9 cm. From the RICHARD collection, Iran. Victoria and Albert Museum, Inv. N° IS. 1674-1876. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2016.

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Ewer, Jingdezhen, China, 18th century. Porcelain with gold decoration on a blue ground. Diameter: 15.9 cm, Height: 29.2 cm. Acquired in Persia. From the RICHARD collection. Victoria and Albert Museum, Inv. N° IS. 775-1888. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2016.

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Ewer, Iran, Safavid dynasty, late 17th century, glossy opaque bluish-white glazed pottery. Height: 29 cm. Width: 22 cm. Depth: 16 cm. Bequeathed by John Henderson, OA+.739 © Trustees of the British Museum

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