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A CHINESE BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN, OTTOMAN SILVER MOUNTED, ISLAMIC MARKET FROG KENDI, MING DYNASTY, WANLI PERIOD, CIRCA 1575 - 1615

£ 22,000

Reference
1848
£22,000
Painted in under glaze blue with a crouching frog, his warty skin embellished with five petalled flowers and ruji head motifs running down his spine, the ottoman silver mount with arched panels containing alternating panels of flowers, foliage and blind fret work.

Of the various zoomorphic kendis known, including elephants, frogs, squirrels and phoenix, the frog is possibly the most attractive. Examples of this type were exported to the Middle East and Europe in the late 16th and 17th centuries.

Examples today can be seen in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, the Ardebil Shrine, Iran Bastan Museum in Teheran and the Asian Civilisation Museum in Singapore.

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Provenance Private Dutch Collection