Chinese porcelain blue and white kettle and cover with baluster form body and upright gate-form handle, painted with a seated qilin with his right front leg raised amongst rockwork with mountains in the distance beneath flames, the reverse with a mythical ram seated in a similar pose also with mountains in the distance above v-shaped grass, the shoulder with a band of lotus flowerheads on a continuous scrolling branch with leaves and branches, the neck with two flowerheads and the handle with three flowerheads amongst ruyi-clouds, the spout with a lotus flowerhead, the cover painted with leaves and sprays of bamboo beneath an upright ribbed knop.

9 ¾ inches, 24.7 cm total height.

Transitional, late Chongzhen, circa 1640.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • From a private old Dutch collection and thence by descent.
  • Two faceted kettles of similar form are illustrated by Colin Sheaf and Richard Kilburn in The Hatcher Porcelain Cargoes, p. 57.


Excellent condition