A fine and large 'Cadogan' wine ewer glazed in a 'fish roe-crackle' turquoise (peacock blue) glaze of rich tones with the handle, spout and base covered in a deep aubergine-eggplant glaze. Potted in the shape of a peach fruit, the rounded sides taper towards the tip of the upright fruit rising from a rim atop a high splayed foot. The handle and spout are shaped like a gnarled branch decorated with applied leafy sprays and the body is moulded with a curved raised section giving a realistic representation of a ripe peach. The outside edge of the foot rim has impressed scrolls beneath the glaze. The concave base with a hole leading to the tube up the center for filling is covered in a clear glaze. (This configuration is known in China as an 'upside down filling wine pot', dao guan hu.)
The inside curve of the base shows "CHINA" stamped across the opening; this country-of-origin mark was required on all imports to the United States after the protectionist McKinley Tariff Act of 1890. This stamp would have been applied to Chinese porcelain imported to United States after 1890, whether newly made or from existing inventory; I believe this piece dates to the second half of the 19th century.
Qing Dynasty, 1870-1899
Height: 6.5" (16.51 cm); Width: 7-7/8"
Condition: Excellent condition with no cracks or restorations: I scrutinized this item with a black light and found no evidence of repairs; the light spot on the fragile branches connecting the body to the spout appear to be a glaze skip between the two colors - there is no visible glue or break lines in the surrounding glaze. The area on the rim edge between the body and the base (as shown in the photos) appears to be another area where the glaze ran or thinned during firing.