The Peixoto Ewer, China

The Peixoto Ewer, China

The Peixoto Ewer
China, Jingdezhen
Ming dynasty, 1522-66
Porcelain, painted before glazing, with Iranian silver mounts. Mark: 'Made in the Jiajing reign period of Great Ming'
Museum no. C.222-1931
W.G. Gulland Bequest

This is one of the earliest pieces of Chinese porcelain made for a European. The design includes the arms of the Portuguese merchant Antonio Peixoto, who first reached China in 1542.

This type of ewer was originally made for the Middle Eastern market, to which Portuguese traders sold porcelain. The contemporary Iranian mounts may have been added on Peixoto's return journey.