REF No. 6591
large chinese porcelain blue and white kendi
Kangxi period circa 1700
Height: 12¾ inches; 32cm
A rare large Chinese porcelain kendi of globular form with a tall neck and flared rim, decorated in underglaze blue with a scene of Chinese figures.
This is well painted with a scene from The Romance of the Western Chamber, a popular literary subject on Chinese porcelain. This example is unusually large.
The term kendi is a Malay word derived from the Sanskrit kunda, from an Indian drinking vessel a kundika. The kendi is well known in South East Asian ceramics from ancient times and in China from the Tang Dynasty onwards. It was originally derived from metal forms and, in ceramics, has many varieties from simple shapes to complex animal-form examples.
References: Cohen & Cohen 2014B, No 23, a kendi of similar shape but smaller and in famille rose; Williamson 1970, pl XXVII, another kendi; Cohen & Cohen 2000, p7, No 3, an almost identical kendi of the same size and with a very similar scene in blue and white, formerly in the Collection of Baronesse AAM van Heeckeren van Molecaten.