Chinese blue and white ewer, Kangxi (1662-1722), with pierced reticulated panels to the body revealing a painted interior wall, a band of lotus petals to the foot and camellia blooms around the base of the handle, the upper section with two cartouches containing peony and scrolling leaves, spiral-pattern bands below and to the rim, a pierced cash symbol to the base
Height without lid: 16cm. (6 1/4in.)
Lacking lid; 2 glaze frits to rim and chip to reverse of spout.
Pierced decoration was referred to as linglong or ‘devil’s work’ and is thought to have originated in Turkey before being transmitted to China in the 14th century. The cash coin to the base is a symbol of wealth.