A porcelain ewer and cover

A porcelain ewer and cover


Ming dynasty, early 16th century
Height: 9 1/2 in, 24.1 cm

The pear-shaped body is supported on a slightly tapering foot ring, rises to a waisted neck and terminates in an upright rim; a double-stranded loop handle, on which a small loop is set, and an S-form spout are set on the body and joined to the neck, the spout with a complex S-shaped bracket. The domed cover is surmounted by a bud-form knop. An ivory-white glaze covers the porcelain body.

Formerly in the collection of Carl Kempe.

Exhibited: Gyllensvèrd, Chinese Gold, Silver and Porcelain: The Kempe Collection, no. 146, p. 124.

Illustrated: Gyllensvèrd, Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection, no. 685, p. 204, dated fifteenth century; Gyllensvèrd, Oriental Ceramics: The World’s Great Collections, Vol. 8, pl. 208; and Petzèll, Chinese Ceramic Treasures: A Selection from Ulricehamn East Asian Museum, including The Carl Kempe Collection, no. 876, p. 275, where it is dated “possibly Zhengde”.

A very similar example, lacking a cover, dated late fifteenth to early sixteenth century, is illustrated in Ayers, Chinese Ceramics: The Koger Collection, no. 55, p. 79.