Chinese porcelain famille verte wine ewer and cover, the faceted and fluted body of hexagonal form decorated with octofoil shaped reserves with flowering branches of camellia, peony, hibiscus and prunus in an aubergine frame on a green ground with scrolls above a wide band of moulded lotus petals, the sloping shoulder with six further leaf shaped panels of similar flowers beneath the ribbed collar and stylised stiff leaves, the flower shaped mouth fluted with flower heads repeated on the cover with a raised moulded chrysanthemum and hibiscus form finial, the faceted spout similarly decorated, all on a green ground scroll work foot rim.

9 ¼ inches, 23.6 cm high.

Kangxi, circa 1710.



Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in an English private collection.
  • Sold by Hancock, 37 Bury Street, St James’s, S.W.1.
  • Included by Marchant in their exhibition of Kangxi Famille Verte, 2017, no. 28, pp. 80-81.
  • The pair to this ewer was sold by Ralph M. Chait, New York, and was then sold by an American collector at Christie’s, New York in their auction of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 19th September 2006, lot 340, pp. 286-287. and was included by Marchant in their catalogue of Recent Acquisitions, 2007, no. 47, p. 86-87.
  • A similar pair of blue and white ewers and covers from a South American collection were included by Khalil Rizk and Conor Mahony in The Chinese Porcelain Company Exhibition of 17th and 18th Century Chinese Porcelain from Distinguished Private Collections, 2000, no. 14, pp. 34-35, where the authors note, “the form of this unusual pair of ewers and covers is extremely rare. Although painted with Chinese motifs, this fascinating pair was surely made for the Near Eastern market. The shape is reminiscent of Islamic metal work…”; another pair were included by Marchant in their catalogue of Recent Acquisitions, 2006, no. 36, pp. 66-67.