Antique Chinese Porcelain Kangxi period Rose Water Sprinkler Underglaze blue
Condition Report: 1 small frit to mouth only. Size 150mm high
Sharing with you this lovely small chinese porcelain Rose water sprinkler, painted in underglaze blue with floral decoration, Jingdezhen, China, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Unusual piece.
unmarked at base.
In South Asia and the Middle East water scented with roses was liberally strewn over guests upon arrival and before or after a meal. Most examples were made in glass, and a few in precious metal. They were used in Europe for a similar purpose probably as part of the toilette or dressing set.
This rose water sprinkler was produced at the kilns of Jingdezhen, in south-east China, during the early 18th century, when the fashion for Chinese porcelain was at its highest in Europe. Jingdezhen thrived at the time as the most important ceramic centre in China, supplying both the domestic and export markets.
Chinese porcelain objects were used in the residences of aristocrats and wealthy people as tableware or containers of various kinds, as well as exhibited on wall brackets, in cabinets and on shelves above fireplaces. One of the largest collection of Chinese porcelain known in Europe belonged to August the Strong of Saxony (d. 1733), who owned more than 21,000 pieces.
Very similar piece pictured in;
Filip Suchomel, 300 treasures, page 178 (number 61)
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