D0720. Blue and White Wine Pot
Delft, circa 1725
The goblet-shaped body and integral cover decorated with floral and foliate sprigs beneath a striped conical knop, the cover rim with a border of double loop motifs, the straight spout and loop handle with blossoms and scrolls between bands of dots and affixed with an S-scroll strut or a pseudo-hinged thumbpiece, the knopped ankle with dots and dashes, and the bell-shaped foot with a wide border of ruyi-shaped lappets alternating with leaves above a diamond-guilloche band around the convex footrim, its interior with a central aperture into the body partially concealed by an applied scrolling cross.
Height: 19.1 cm. (7 1/2 in.)
This very unusual wine pot functions by filling it through the opening beneath the ankle. The liquid is funneled into the body through a tube that forms a central wall and prevents the liquid from escaping through any aperture except the spout.
The shape of this wine pot is very rare and seldom found in Dutch Delftware. A possible source for the form are sixteenth-century Chinese porcelain wine ewers. Originally made for the Middle Eastern market, the ewers were based on Islamic metal prototypes. There are also Middle Eastern examples, such as sixteenth-century Armenian ewers and Iznik jugs made of earthenware. Of the known forms, the ewers were designed both with removable covers and coverless. Some of these ewers were used daily for carrying water from the kitchen to the dining area and for serving family and guests. Others, often lidded and equipped with a spout, were used for containing water for hand washing and appear frequently with a bowl used as a basin.
The Frits Philips Collection, ‘De Wielewaal,’ Eindhoven, Brabant