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Ewer with Lion-Shaped Finial and Peonies

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese
Chinese potters often took inspiration from other mediums, as they did with this ewer, originally a Middle Eastern metalwork form. The translation into porcelain sets off the exotic handle and spout in a yellow basket-weave pattern. The intricate motif of peonies in aubergine and white simulates an incised pattern on silver. The small lion on the lid is a whimsical, purely Chinese invention.

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