Chinese Iron Red Ewer Made for the Indian Market
The ewer moulded and painted in iron red and gilt with a central tear-shape decorated with a lotus flower surrounded by cloud bands reserved on a red ground and flanked by sprigs of flowers. The neck is moulded with radiating petals and painted with stiff leaves. This type of ewer was made for the export market. The shape is derived from Middle Eastern metalwork. A pair of similar ewers is in The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Accession Numbers 240&A-1876 and 240B&C-1876. Also see the Topkapi Palace Museum, Accession Number TKS 15/4042.