Pair of Famille Verte Kendi
China, Kangxi period (1662 – 1722)
Height: 19.6 cm
A pair of “kendi” finely enamelled in the famille verte palette. The bodies are delicately shaped in panels with floral sprays and the necks decorated in similar floral sprays but hexagonal in form. The spouts, are shaped as a bulbous form as if a flower is ready to bloom.
A “kendi” is a pouring vessel with a spout on the side but without a handle. While pouring, the pot is held around its neck, the lips not touching the spout when drinking. The “kendi” was particularly popular in south-east Asia and Chinese and Japanese versions were made solely for export and not for the domestic market.
A single identical kendi, with matching cover, is in the RA collection, Brasil.
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