D1442. Blue and White Puzzle Jug
Delft or Rotterdam, dated 1734
The spherical body with a trellis-diaper ground reserved with three large panels painted with either a Chinese man running across a bridge toward a pagoda, with a bird perched on flowering branches, or with a flowering plant, and alternating with three smaller quatrefoil panels, one with a bird perched on a flowering plant, and the other two with a stylized flower, the blue-sponged neck pierced with four blossoms and leaves amidst dots, the dot pierced rim encircled with a leaf-decorated tube affixed with three bulbous nozzles and continuing into the hollow loop handle decorated with beribboned Chinese symbols, scrolls and dots, and the ruffled footrim edged with blue lines.
Height: 21.8 cm. (8 1/2 in.)
Provenance: The Vanhyfte Collection