Lot 385. A large blue and white Persian-style ewer, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Height 11 3/8 in., 28.8 cm. Estimate 25,000 — 35,000 USD. © Sotheby's
the flattened pear-shaped body rising from a spreading foot to a waisted neck with a raised band and cupped mouth, the dragon-form handle set opposite the S-curved spout, the front and back each with a teardrop-shaped panel enclosing a 'pheasant and rockwork' vignette bordered by scrolling peonies against a blue ground, the sides and spout with flowering boughs, further foliate decoration at the neck, mouth, foot, and spout, coll. no. 290.
The Jie Rui Tang Collection.
Provenance: Marchant, London, 2000.
Literature: Jeffrey P. Stamen and Cynthia Volk with Yibin Ni, A Culture Revealed: Kangxi-era Porcelain from the Jie Rui Tang Collection, Bruges, 2017, pl. 109.
Note: The elegant attenuated form of the present ewer is most likely derived from a Middle Eastern metal prototype. These vessels, often with a matching basin, were used primarily for ceremonial ablutions. While derived from an Islamic form, these ewers were successfully assimilated and adapted for the domestic market which valued them for their exoticism. A similar blue and white Kangxi period ewer in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London is illustrated in Rose Kerr and Luisa E. Mengoni Chinese Export Ceramics, London, 2011, pl.154.
Porcelain ewer painted in underglaze blue, Jingdezhen, China, Qing dynasty, Kangxi reign, ca. 1680-1710. Diameter: 17.8 cm, Height: 28.0 cm. Acquired in Iran, 1581-1876 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2017.