Round ewer with spout and lid

  • Stoneware with copper-green glaze
  • 17.8 x 18.4 cm
  • Shiwan (Shekwan) ware
  • 19th-mid 20th century, Qing dynasty or modern period
  • Origin: Shiwan (Shekwan) kilns, Foshan, Guangdong province, China
  • Provenance: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.69a-b

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 24 November 2003) According to Victor Hauge, this ewer was acquired in Bangkok. The Hauges collected a number of ewers of this type, and I selected the one with the best glaze and with a lid.

2. (Louise Cort, 10 January 2005) Many green-glazed vessels of this type were on sale on antique shops in River City, Bangkok, in the 1990s. My assumption was that they had come from Chinese or Sino-Thai families living in Bangkok.

A green-glazed vessel of this type, and a polychrome vessel of the same form, are illustrated from the collection of Mr. Hoang Van Cuong, a news photographer and correspondent in Ho Chi Minh City. Mr. Cuong has opened a private museum (the first in Vietnam) for his collection of 1500 objects in District 9 (Song Nga, "A Collector Keen on Culture," Vietnamese News Service 13 September 2004). The presence of these pieces in Mr. Cuong's collection indicates that they were also exported to Saigon.

3. (Louise Cort, 25 May 2007) On view on the third floor of the Fine Arts Museum, Ho Chi Minh City, were mold-formed ewers of this type, said to have been made at kilns in the Saigon area.

4. (Louise Cort, 17 June 2008) According to Michel Lee, Curator, Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, this container may have held hot water for tea.  "There are still places in China where you can buy a bowl of tea leaves and people will come to refill your bowl with hot water (from modern kettles) for as long as you care to stay.  I don't know how large the one in the image is, but I have seen similar examples which were roughly 20 cm in height.  I don't think it was necessarily used in a tea house but probably used domestically for topping up a tea bowl." He also suggested that the prototype was made of wood.


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