Chinese Ming Dynasty Blue & White Porcelain Ewer / Teapot
This small ewer or teapot was made during the latter part of the Ming Dynasty (AD 1368 – 1644). It has been made in two parts, upper and lower, that have been luted together at the waist. The thick white glaze covers both inner and outer surfaces. The underglaze blue decoration comprises floral designs on opposing sides of the shoulder together with thin blue bands around the neck and base, but these are fairly indistinct, having fired to a very pale colour. The unglazed flat base has fired to a pinkish pale brown; interestingly around the base edge can be seen three marks where the vessel was gripped by the potter as it was dipped, upside down, into the glaze, prior to firing.
Height 9.5 cm (3.75 inches). Condition is very good with no repair or restoration.
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