Chinese collection

Item LL 6687

Accession no: LL 6687
Object type: Ceramic
Name: Ewer in the form of a shou character
Materials: Porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration in famille verte style
Place made: Jingdezhen, China
Date made: Qing Dynasty, Kangxi (1662-1722 AD)
Measurements: H. 22.9 cm

Description: Ewer, modelled in the form of the character Shou (longevity) with mirror-shaped panels in the centre. Enamelled on the biscuit. In one panel is the scholar, Zhou Dunyi (courtesy name Chou Mao-shu), seated by a lotus pond, and in the other, poet Tao Yuanming, with attendant holding a pot of chrysanthemums. In the remaining spaces are brocade patterns of floral scrolls in yellow ground. The handle is painted with basket pattern in yellow. The spout is restored.

Provenance
Richard Bennett collection; his sale, 1911, purchased by Edgar Gorer for Lever; by whom gifted to the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 1922.

Literature
E. Gorer, Catalogue of the Collection of Old Chinese Porcelains formed by Richard Bennett, Esq. Thornby Hall, Northampton, London, 1911, p. 54, No. 285. R. L. Hobson, Chinese Porcelain and Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art, London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1928, No. 363.