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

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