A pair of Chinese famille rose huqqa bases ,bell-shaped and enamelled in pink, orange and green with black outlining, showing floral sprays. Cartouches enclose flowers, scrolls and undulating bands. Huqqa bases date from the 17th century India when smoking became fashionable in the Mughal court.Tobacco was heated in a finial and inhaled through a cooling water pipe and they called this unique device huqqa.It spread throughout the Middle East and became known by different names in each country.Its popularity and general use inspired craftsmen to create fantastic works of art in many materials for the water base, the finial, the mouthpiece and the tube. What we are offering here, is an 18th. century porcelain example made in China for either export to India and the Middle East or for use by the minority local Chinese.It is uncommon to find a pair and specially in such a good condition as these. Age: Qianlong . Size: 18.5 cm high.condition: very good, only a tiny surface nick to the rim of each base.