A pair of ‘European subject’ canton enamel ewers with loop handles

Kangxi period, 18th century, Qing dynasty, China

Height: 16.5 cm, 6.5 inches

Each is modelled in a hexagonal shape with an upright loop handle and gilded rims. The interior is finished in white enamel and the outer wall is painted with a scene of European figures and a naked angel in a landscape rendered in bright famille rose enamels. The shoulder, neck and handle are decorated with flower heads and scrolling leaves, the ‘S’ shaped spout with a dragon’s head and a flaming pearl on a yellow ground, the domed cover with pink flower petals on a yellow ground surrounding a gilded knob, and the base with a sprig of flowers against a white ground. Both ewers are supported by three short copper feet.

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