Chinese Export Pistol Handled Urns

Chinese Export Pistol Handled Urns

An impressive and fine pair of neoclassical porcelain urns made in China for export to Europe or America. These were strictly decorative and the form was quite popular here at the end of the 18th century. Historic Deerfield owns two similar pairs and the book on their Chinese Export collection gives a lengthy description of the history of this form going back to 16th century Italy. The most similar pieces made in Europe were actually faience from the Marieberg factory in Sweden.

These survive in remarkable condition with their original covers. The only apology, besides wear to the gilt, is that one separated at the join between base and vase early in its life and has been reattached in the western manner with a metal bolt only visible from the interior.

The bases are 4.3″ square.

China for the West, 1790 c.H: 16.5"W: 9.5"D: 8"Reference number: 1501