These two squat, globular vessels have loop handles, short straight spouts, and domed lids. They are covered in a shiny mirror-black glaze and further embellished with overglaze-gilt designs of birds on flowering branches. The black glaze runs to brown on the pots, and to blue on the lids, which may not be original. The gilt shows more wear on 1975.1.1702 than on 1975.1.1703. Inasmuch as the potting is not identical on the two pieces, they may not have been created as a pair
Catalogue entry from Suzanne G. Valenstein. The Robert Collection. Decorative Arts, Volume XV. Wolfram Koeppe, et al. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in association with Princeton University Press, 2012, p. 348.