M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
KANGXI SCARCE SILVER-MOUNTED MUSTARD POT
China, c1700, The Mounts 19th Century Dutch
Of globular form with loop handle, the domed cover with a seated fu-dog finial,
the body painted in bright underglaze blues with chrysanthemums below birds in flight,
the cover with further chrysanthemum and prunus sprays, the finial surrounded by concentric blue lines;
fitted with silver scalloped mounts to the neck and cover,
the handle surmounted by a shell-form upright thumb lift and
with a silver band mid-section and to the handle base and body attachment:
the rim and cover notched to accommodate a silver mustard spoon
Fu (or foo) dogs are said to symbolize protection
and preventing anyone with malicious intent from entering your home.
17th and early 18th century Chinese porcelain mustard pots are somewhat scarce.
See the 1643 Pieter Claesz still life shown below, depicting a similar pot, some 50 years earlier.
Condition : Excellent; the body interior with a small an unglazed rectangle;
small repair to silver at base of thumb lift
4.25" High x 3-7/8" Wide (over handle) x 3.25" Wide (body only)
Note the small blue-and-white metal-mounted "mustard jar"
in the above Pieter Claesz still life, Netherlands, 1643.
Showing both the fu dog finial and the 19th century Dutch silver mark
Also See :
A COLLECTION OF KANGXI BLUE & WHITE SILVER MOUNTED PORCELAINS -
Including A Short Article
Left to Right :
Kangxi Scarce Silver-Mounted Blue & White Mustard Pot, c1700
Kangxi Silver-Mounted Blue & White Footed Jar, c1700
Kangxi Silver-Mounted Blue & White Bottle Vase, c1700
Kangxi Silver-Mounted Large Blue & White Bottle Vase, c1690
Kangxi Silver-Mounted Blue & White Moulded Tea Caddy
Kangxi Silver-Mounted Blue & White Porcelain "Long Eliza" Tea Caddy
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