A RARE CHINESE FAMILLE-VERTE TANKARD AND COVER QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD
the barrel-form body reserved with four shaped panels enclosing birds among flowering peonies and rockwork alternating with three ruyi-head shaped panels on a fish-roe ground, the rim and foot each with a diaper band border, the cover, mounted with a silver hinge, similarly decorated with a central medallion painted with a butterfly among flowers and rockwork, affixed with large loop handle painted with floral sprigs
Height: 6⅛ in.
The tankard with a circular hairline running the length of the circumference just above the diaper-band border above the foot. The handle with frits with the largest measuring approx. 1.5 cm in length. The cover with a section of lip removed in order to accommodate for the mounts, and inscribed in black '221' on the exterior of the lip. Overall with minor and typical firing imperfections and wear to the surface and enamels.
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Meulener-De Wit Collection
Vanderven Oriental Art, 's-Hertogenbosch
A pair of nearly identical examples is illustrated in Jörg, 2011, cat. no. 143, where the author notes that this type of tankard was probably only produced for a brief period and all existing examples appear to have similar designs. Another example with a gilt-bronze mounted cover was sold at Mak Van Waay, Amsterdam, May 16, 1984, lot 2083A.