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Ewer with cover

Ewer with cover

  • Place of origin:

    guangzhou (made)
    Chaozhou (made)

  • Date:

    early 19th century

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ewer and cover made of pewter, jade knob, and brass handle, engraved

  • Credit Line:

    C. G. J. Port Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 136, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 10, shelf 6 []

Physical description

Ewer and cover, with a flat cyclindrical form, made of pewter with a jade knob and brass movable handle; the body is engraved with a poetic couplet on one side and a prunus branch on the other; also inscribed on the shoulder, marks on base.

Place of Origin

guangzhou (made)
Chaozhou (made)


early 19th century

Materials and Techniques

Ewer and cover made of pewter, jade knob, and brass handle, engraved

Marks and inscriptions

The opened blossoms cover the trees and look like jewels
I pluck one in my hand to give to an old friend.
Inscribed around the body of the teapot. Yunsheng was the alias of Li Wenhan 李文瀚 (1805-56), native of Anhui, and a Prefect of Kuizhou, Sichuan.

A few specks amid the snow and ice
Inscribed on the lid

Made by Yichang hao
Mark on base

Mark on base

Descriptive line

Ewer with cover made of pewter, inscribed, China, early 19th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Wilson, Ming. Rare Marks on Chinese Ceramics. SOAS and V&A Museum, 1998. p. 132.

Production Note

Mark on base states that object is made by Yichang hao


Pewter; Brass; Jade


Engraving (incising)

Subjects depicted

Prunus blossoms




East Asia Collection

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