With a lightly crackled white glaze, this beautiful Dehua porcelain kendi is tending to a light blue Qingbai effect, where it has pooled, over a beautiful white translucent body. It has a long curved spout, a flared rim, and a bulbous body molded with a floral design. These kendis were made mainly for the growing export market in island Southeast Asia. They were used as pouring vessels in Buddhist rituals. This is very early Blanc de Chine, and the porcelain has a lovely softness to it. There is a somewhat similar Kendi in the Princessehof Ceramic Museum in the Netherlands, but this is the only one we know with such a long and elegant spout. Price: USD $2600; CAD $3500 (13% HST will be applied on all sales in Canada)
Height: 18 cm.
Condition: Good, minor wear, with a collector’s mark on the base.