A blue and white wine vessel or teapot and cover, Chinese, circa 1640-50.

Of square section, with gilt metal handle and mounts, each face painted with figure subjects within double line borders , the shoulders decorated with sprays of lotus.

Chinese porcelains began to arrive in England in the 16th century. The secret of hard-paste porcelain was to remain in the east until the late 17th century; thus these objects were highly prized by discerning collectors.

Height 17cm, length 18cm.


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