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Fine and Rare Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Kendi

Kangxi period, AD 1662-1722


Of lovely classic form with wide radial spout.   Finely decorated overall with Lotus and tendrils; the flattened globular top resembles a small brush washer and is decorated with rui designs connoting that all should be “as you wish.” Kendis are drinking vessels that were made mainly for the Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern Markets.  They were also very collectable as exotic forms in Western collections. 
This is a particularly fine example.  The decoration is also rare for this type- and more often encountered on vases, bowls, and dishes primarily made for the Qing court.
Height: 9 ½ inches (24 cm.)
Ex: Important Private American Collection

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