Ewer, anonymous, c. 1725 - c. 1740
A Paris craftsman transformed this Chinese vase into a ewer. It is an example of European chinoiserie, in which an oriental object acquires a new character through the addition of Western elements. The greyglazed porcelain gives the impression of having tiny cracks all over it. This type of porcelain – called ‘crazed’ or ‘crackle glazed’ – was greatly admired in Paris in the mid-18th century.