A pair of Chinese pouring vessels and covers, late Ming, mid 17th Century.

The vessels are decorated in underglaze blue and iron-brown on a grey crackle-glaze ground, 15cm.

Swifts or swallows are depicted in flight amongst sprays of hawthorn blossom.

The 1763 Burghley Inventory records them: ‘the black bed-chamber … two crackled china teapots with brown sprigs.’


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