A blue and white wine ewer, early 17th Century.

The ewer is conceived as a mandarin duck and drake modelled in juxtaposition, the female with neck twined about her mate, their plumage painted in inky underglaze cobalt blue, the lower half of the vessel painted with lotus and aquatic plants emanating from rockwork and curling waves. The simple loop handle is painted with lotus meander and the vessel is supported on a short knife-cut footrim. The later flat-buttoned knopped cover is applied with a silver-gilt mount linked to the handle by means of a fine chain. It measures 16.5cm in height, 14cm in length and carries the six character mark of Xuande.



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