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Tankard with Flowering Vines

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Ming Dynasty, Yongle-era (1403-1424) ChinaPorcelain with a cobalt under-glazing H 33,3 cm

This type of cobalt under-glazing was a popular method of decoration of Chinese porcelain during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The properties of cobalt glazes had been discovered in Persia, however, it was the Chinese who became world-famous with its use on porcelain. Blue-and-white ware became the chief export sent to Europe, the Near and Middle East. This tankard was modelled after an Islamic metal vessel, therefore, it was destined for the Islamic market. The floral décor shows depicts a mixture of arabesques and realistic detail, which made early blue-and-white ware so irresistible.