The ovoid-shaped wine jug stands on a waisted foot and has a slightly conical neck with a spout and an ear-shaped handle that ends in a rat tail. The top of the handle is pierced for a metal mount. The jug is painted in blue with two Chinese figures in an oriental rocky landscape. The shoulder is decorated with a band of scrolls and ornaments. The neck has two types of pointed ornaments, the handle with scrolls and stripes.
Dimensions: height 22,7 cm / 8.93 in.
The decoration is inspired by Chinese porcelain from the transitional period at the end of the Ming and the start of the Qing dynasty. The porcelain of the last Ming emperor Chongzhen (reigned 1628-1644), the first Qing emperor Shunzi (reigned 1644-1662) and the initial period until 1674 of his successor Kangxi (reigned 1662-1722) may have served as examples for this dish. The transition period in China lasted more than 60 years (1620-1683) and was accompanied by much unrest, conflict and war. The Ming dynasty finally fell in 1644, but it took decades before peace returned to China. For example, the porcelain kilns in Jingdezhen, the main porcelain city in China, were destroyed in 1674.