REF No. 6624
Chinese Painted enamel on Copper Wine Ewer
Qianlong period 1736-95
Western or Chinese Market
Height: 9 inches; 23cm
A fine Chinese painted enamel on copper wine ewer and cover, of quatrefoil section with overarching handle, painted with panels of European figures, the cover of unusual sunken form.
The European designs here are another example of a Chinese artist’s rearrangement of figures taken from prints but put into a new context. The designs here of seated ladies and small children are reminiscent of some images of the Virgin Mary with the infant Jesus and John the Baptist - a popular subject in Western religious art. Here any religious connotation has disappeared and, strangely, one of the ladies is apparently offering a snake to a child.