A Rare Pair of 'Fahua'-Type Enameled Ceramic Figural Ewers 17th Century
Private Collection, acquired from the above.
Thereafter with the present owner.
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Fahua-type ewers are rare and the present pair is particularly unusual for its figural form. No other vessels of this type appear to have been published, although kinrande figural ewers made for the Japanese market are known, such as one in the Percival David Foundation, included in Margaret Medley, The Chinese Potter, Oxford, 1976, pl. 169. A similarly-depicted tileworks figure of a bearded foreigner, described as a 'sorcerer', attributed to the Ming dynasty, with an aubergine coat trimmed in turquoise, with long sleeves and wearing a peaked cap with rolled brim, was sold in these rooms, 27th November 1973, lot 285. For an example of a fahua-type figure, which may have been used as an incense burner, see one of the Immortal Li Tieguai illustrated in Jessica Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, pl. 13:40.
Rendered with animated features, the present works are reminiscent of Ming cloisonne figures, such as a figure-form support sold in these rooms, 18th September 1996, lot 125; and a candlestick figure sold at Christie's London, 9th May 1994, lot 225.