Good & Rare Vietnamese 15th Century Blue & White Gilded Ewer - Bird Decoration
This rare ewer was made during the 15th century and displays various decorative techniques of the Vietnamese potter. It is quite "heavily potted" and is coated in a finely-crackled glaze. The underglaze blue decoration of good colour features various floral, bird and cloud designs and does not apply simply to the body of the ewer, but also to the inner surface of the mouth and to the spout and handle. Upon opposite sides of the lower body are openwork panels, the edges of which have been painted with red pigment, the panels themselves gilded, with traces of the gilding and pigment still remaining.
Height 21 cm (8.25 inches). Whereas most known examples of this type of vessel have some degree of loss or damage, typically the spout and/or handle having been broken, lost and/or restored, this ewer has its original unrepaired handle and spout. Although this example is indeed in exceptional condition, it is not perfect: the glaze has flaked slightly from the surface of part of the handle and although not immediately obvious, there is a crack at the point that the adjoining "bridge" at the top of the spout joins the neck of the ewer (possibly a firing crack ?). The end of the vulnerable spout is chipped. However, there is no repair or restoration and this fine ewer could easily be the centerpiece of a collection of Vietnamese or South-east Asian ceramics.
This is from a private Cambodian collection of nice quality Vietnamese 15th century blue & white ceramics we have recently acquired.
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