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Chinese porcelain water pipe for Hué impérial Palace

Chinese porcelain water pipe for Hué impérial Palace

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Porcelain: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 1437677

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A Chinese porcelain water pipe made for the Imperial Palace in Hue. Decoration of dragons in cobalt blue underglaze. Below 4 characters in blue and, which is unusual, 4 other characters incised under glassure, perhaps the mark of the potter or the commander. The silver setting of very good quality is a fine example of fine goldsmith's work, it is perhaps -be Chinese but more probably Annamese. It is exceptional to find a water pipe of this quality. Beginning of the 19 ° perhaps a little before, the marks could give a precise date. Height of the porcelain alone about 15cm. There is a crack on the heel that does not spill over the body (see photo).