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Stoneware Blue and White Pouring Vessel
Item No. 4056

19th Century, N/A, China
5.5" x 4" x 2.25"
( 13.97 x 10.16 x 5.715 cm)
(H x W x D)

This is a small but elegant stonewear pouring vessel that was most likely used as a table top accessory in a kitchen or restaurant for pouring soy sauce, oil or other liquids. It is painted with cobalt blue designs underneath a clear glaze, and the designs are of chrysanthemums and "bindweed," a motif that was extremley popular in China from the 1860's through 1890's. This design was used both for the domestic as well as export ceramic trade as many pieces with the design have been found in a variety of ceramic objects -- including rice holders, wash basins, tea pots, storage jars, etc.--- throughout Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia and the Phillipines. The profile of this teapot with its elegantly curved spout and handle along with the lotus shaped knob on the lid is adds to its decorative beauty.

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