Sold Ceramics - Sold Blue and White Kangxi Period 1662-1722 - Western Shapes - Page 1
Height 50 mm (1.97 inch), diameter top 100 mm (3.94 inch), diameter foot 58 mm (2.28 inch)
Circular salt on footring with a glazed hollow base, spreading foot and top with a recessed centre. The lower part tapering to the waist, the foliated rim extending downwards. Decorated in underglaze blue. On the foot and shoulder decorated with blossoming branches and flying insects. On top decorated in the centre with a single flowering stem in a double circle surrounded by blossoming branches growing from a taihu rock and insects in flight.
The shape of this piece, is derived from an European silver salt which in turn was decorated with an imitation of a Chinese Kangxi floral pattern. This salt was an exotic object that was prominently placed on a richly laid table. With many Christian connotations, salt was an important seasoning at dinner before the 19th century and salts were larger and more elaborate than they are today.
Condition: A tiny frit to the rim, and two very tiny spots on the rim, caused by popped bubbles of glaze during the firing process.