A rare blue and white kendi Wanli
Lot 110
A rare blue and white kendi Wanli
Sold for £2,390 (US$ 4,017) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A rare blue and white kendi
Painted to each face of the six-lobed compressed globular body with a rectangular panel enclosing floral sprays beneath a key-fret band at the shoulder, applied to one face with a naturalistically modelled tree-trunk spout with high-relief moulded trailing leafy branches, the tall cylindrical neck painted with a bird standing on rockwork below the six-pointed star-shaped rim (restoration to tip of spout),
17.2cm.(6 3/4in.) high


  • For a similarly modelled ewer, see J.Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, pp.282-283, no.11.15, where the author notes that such vessels were exported to Europe in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries from China, as evidenced by their presence in the recovered cargoes of ship wrecks. For example a similar ewer was recovered from the San Diego, a Spanish warship attacked by Dutch ships, which sank one kilometre north east of Fortune Island, in the Philippines, on 14 December 1600
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