Fine & Rare Chinese Ming Dynasty Glazed & Incised Pottery Ewer - Kochi Ware
This rare pottery ewer was made in southern China during the 16th or early 17th century. This type of pottery with its green, and sometimes yellow and brown glazes, was very popular with the Japanese at the time, where it was known as Kochi ware and used in the Japanese tea ceremony.
This ewer is decorated with incised lotus blossom and leaf patterns. It is coated in quite thin glazes, mostly green but with the incised patterns filled in with yellow and brown glazes. The glazes are very finely-crackled and where they are at their thinnest, especially the yellow and brown glaze, have degraded in places.
Of those very few similar examples we have seen over the years, this must be one of the finest with much of the glaze remaining and the floral patterns neatly executed.
Height 13.5 cm (5.25 inches). Some degradation to the glaze and surface wear but no repair or restoration; very good condition.
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