Yongle period ewers of this type are extant in various museums and private collections worldwide. The present example is particularly unusual for its decoration incorporating a large-bloomed lotus scroll amid leaves painted on either side of the vessel. The motif to the base of the ewer, comprising a register of upright leaves, is also rare, making this piece a unique example amongst this well-known group of early fifteenth-century ceramics.
A comparable early-fifteenth-century Ming dynasty ewer with Ottoman mounts is in the Topkapi Saray Museum (see Roxburgh 2005, pp.310-11, no.273). The distinctive pear-shaped form with bracketed spout is also seen in three early-fifteenth-century Ming ewers that were in the Ardebil shrine, now in the National Museum in Tehran (see Pope 1981, pl.54). A similar pattern of monumental lotuses and palmette tendrils can also be found on an early-fifthteenth-century vase and bowl from the Ardebil shrine (ibid. pls.49, 51).
For further examples of early-fifteenth-century Chinese blue and white ewers in the Topkapi Saray Museum, see R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, vol.II, London, 1986, pp.519-520, nos.617-621, colour plates pp.425-27.
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