Sprinkler with Stylized Trees and a Floral Scroll Maker: Unknown

18th century

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Chinese porcelains were highly desired luxuries at courts throughout South and West Asia. The shape of this vessel, which derives from South Asian metalwork, indicates that it served as a sprinkler for rosewater or another perfume during personal and religious ceremonies. The horizontal bands of brown glaze allude to the banded decoration that often characterize objects made for this market. The stylized trees painted on the shoulder and at the foot are unusual in Chinese porcelain and may be a reference to the comparably stylized fauna in Indian painting.


Porcelain with cobalt blue under clear glaze, and brown glaze

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Bequest of Florence Baiz van Volkenburgh in memory of her husband Thomas Sedgwick van Volkenburgh, B.A. 1866

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Qing dynasty (1644–1911)


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Florence Baiz van Volkenburgh (died 1940), New York; bequeathed to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1940
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