27 July 2012

Antique Chinese Ewers

Ewers are both fascinating and intriguing objects.  They have been around for centuries and appear in many cultures worldwide.   A ewer is typically vase-like in shape with a spout for pouring and they are usually decorated. 

During the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) in China ewers were commonly associated with glazed earthenware and were popular works of art.  Many depicted scenes of the Silk Road, the great trading route that connected the East and West.  The Tang Dynasty is considered the 'golden age' of Chinese development and many decorative ewers displayed the cultural diversity found in Chinese cities such as Chang'an, the largest city in the world at the time.  Once reserved solely for the upper classes, ewers slowly became commonplace items available to many.

 A Rare Chinese Islamic-Shape Iron Red Ewer ca 1710, Kangxi (1662-1722). 
Available from Anita Gray.

 A Grand Chinese Blue & White Fluted Ewer and Cover. Kangxi (1662 – 1722). 
Available from Anita Gray.

Pair of Chinese Large Blue & White Ewers, c mid-17th Century.
Available from Guest & Gray.

18th Century Chinese Canton Persian Style Ewer.
Available from Jeremy Mason.

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