Antique Blue and White Porcelain Miniature Ewer, China


This charming miniature ewer or small pitcher was made during the Tongzhi Period and probably used in a restaurant or home kitchen as a dispenser for soy sauce, oils or other liquids. Likely from a provincial area, the spout and handle are elegantly curved. The thick cobalt blue designs are set on a spotted grey ground with a chrysanthemum on each side and abstract plantain curved vertical leaf designs below. There are also bindweed vines on both sides, neck and lid and the oval above the flower. The lid’s underside is unglazed and has a lotus shaped bud atop for lifting, and the inside and lid’s underside has century old stains from soy, dried oil or other dark liquids attesting to its age and use. It is in good condition with some chips, discoloration and spotting consistent with its age and use. The bottom has a Chinese antique export seal.


This Tongzhi Period pouring vessel has a Chinese antique export seal on the bottom and is decorated with chrysanthemums and bindweed motifs. This popular Ming and Qing  blue and white porcelain design was made using a blue cobalt oxide to create designs applied on white clay and then covering it with a transparent glaze. As bindweed wraps around pine trees when it grows, it has become a symbol of close attachments formed in the relationships of love and marriage. The chrysanthemum (ju) is a a symbol of longevity and immortality and a homophone with word that means entire (ju). Growing them is seen as praiseworthy for the elderly, so they represent the hope for a happy and engaged life. The flower is said to be very healthy and life-sustaining tea made from its petals are said to extend life and encourage good health.


Additional information

Place of Origin



Antique, Qing Dynasty


19th Century

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 5.25” W: 4.625” Dia: 2.375”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 13.335cm W: 11.747cm Dia: 6.032cm




Good condition, see description

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