M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
KANGXI CHINESE IMARI PORCELAIN MUSTARD POT & PIERCED COVER
In the 'Western' Form
The globular body on a domed circular foot with lift-off domed cover painted en suite,
decorated in the Chinese Imari palette of underglaze blue, iron red enamels and gilt,
the front and back panels depicting peonies and chrysanthemum
rising from grasses and below insects,
separated by two wide vertical gilt-heightened blue reserves,
all between shoulder and base horizontal bands of further flowerheads,
the upright neck with husk diapering;
the cover having a raised center spoon opening;
plain side loop handle; accompanied by a later wooden mustard spoon
Mustard pots of this "Western" form - with a raised cover opening for a spoon –
represent some of the earliest wares ordered specifically for the West.
Documented to c1639, they were made for and exported to The Netherlands for only a few years
These mustard pots are quite rare in today's market - particularly with the original 'pierced' cover.
Ref : "Transitional Wares and Their Forerunners" (The Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong, 1981);
"Seventeenth Century Jingdezhen Porcelain from the Shanghai Museum and the Butler Collection"
(Shanghai Museum, 2006)
Condition : Excellent; one burst glaze bubble to handle; minute pinpoint nick to glaze at neck;
random expected gilt rubbing to the decoration
4.75" High, 4.5" Wide Over Handle
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Early Asian Ceramics
Kangxi Chinese Imari Porcelain Mustard Pot & Pierced Cover, 'Western' Form, China, c1662-1722
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