Ewer with peacock and peonies


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This brightly painted porcelain ewer illustrates a vivid cross-medium exchange of artistic design during the sixteenth century. The form is based on a metal wine ewer, while the bright red enamel embellished with golden birds and flowers is clearly inspired by luxury lacquer ware. The turquoise-blue enamel resembles similar colors commonly found on cloisonné and adds a fresh touch to the red-gold surface.

Ewer with peacock and peonies, Porcelain painted in overglaze polychrome enamels and gold (Jingdezhen ware), China

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