Chinese for the Portuguese market
H. 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm)
Apocryphal mark of the Xuande period (1426–35)
Helena Woolworth McCann Collection,
Purchase, Winfield Foundation Gift, 1961 (61.196)
The Islamic form of this ewer is a reminder that the West came late to the export trade, and its impromptu nature is further emphasized by the royal Portuguese arms painted upside down. The likelihood of porcelains having been produced during the first direct contact between Portugal and China has long been debated, but the physical characteristics of this ewerits distinctly greenish glaze, mild blue painting, and misty surfaceplace it in that inaugural period.