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Rare Chinese helmet-shaped famille verte ewer, Kangxi (1662-1722), the body with three sections separated by green stippled flowerhead bands; the top two sections containing leafy sprays of flowers including peony and lotus; the curving rim with band of lotus petals and a face with headdress underneath the spout; the lower section with large alternately coloured petals against further floral stippled ground, upon a ribbed and spreading foot decorated with lotus petal bands and leafy flowerheads.
For a similar ewer at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, see Jorg 'Famille Verte: Chinese Porcelain in Green Enamels' (2011) p. 150, i. 146., David Howard & John Ayers, 'China for the West', p. 117, illustration 91.
According to Howard, the headdress depicted underneath the spout resembles a Native American type. The shape of this ewer is based on European metal or faience models.