A pair of blue and white kendi, Chinese, Wanli 1572/1620.

The compressed globular bodies are freely painted with compartments of sea horses, peony and a Buddhist motif, framed within double line borders.

The shoulders are painted with chrysanthemum panels reserved on a trellis ground; the mammiform spouts with three further compartments enclosing flowers and a precious object.

Each is surmounted by a flanged slightly flared neck decorated with an insect and blossoming prunus; the short mouthrim encircled by a collar of lappets, 20cm high.


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