MFE 15 An aubergine- and turquoise-glazed ‘Cadogan’ winepot


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Kangxi period (1662-1722)

The ewer is of peach-shaped form with a spout formed like a branch issuing two stems terminating on the body with two leaves. It is supported by a splayed foot. The whole piece is covered in a deep lustrous aubergine glaze with turquoise splashes. The recessed aubergine-glazed base has a central aperture and an unglazed footrim.
Height 12.5 cm

The 'Cadogan' winepot has no lid and is filled upside down through a hole in the base leading to a tube inside te pot which prevents a back flow.It is known in China as dao guan hu(upside down filling winepot) and often found in the shape of a peach (symbol of Long Life). 
This type of ewer, also called 'puzzle pot', is said to be named after William Cadogan, 1st Earl of Cadogan (1675-1726) who was the first to own a winepot of this shape. He and his wife brought an example to Britain where they used it as an entertainment piece. 

 

 

 

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