Blue-and-White Porcelain Huqqa Base in Melon Form 清仿印度合金器形青花瓷瓜棱水烟罐
The huqqa base has a squat globular melon-like form. Painted in underglaze blue with a band of standing leaves above the drip guard. A further band of leaves forms from just below the neck with thin underglaze blue lines running in between the moulding of the lobes and reaches the last band of leaves near the base. The base of the huqqa is unglazed. This rare Chinese porcelain huqqa base with lobed decoration is borrowed from Indian metalwork prototypes and was made for the Indian market.
Exhibited: China Without Dragons: Rare Pieces from Oriental Ceramic Society Members, Sotheby's, London, November 2016.