A Rare Kangxi famille Verte Double Spouted Ewer or Teapot c.1700. The Moulded Form has a Raised Bracketed Handle and and Two Spouts. The Interior of the Pot has an Internal Partition, Separating the Contents. The Unglazed Rim of the Cover has two Notches Corresponding to the Partition.
Condition: A chip repaired to the end of one spout (see photographs).
Size: Height : 16 cm (6 1/4 inches)
Provenance:Lady Ashburnham. Label accompanying the ewer/teapot "Famille verte porcelain teapot and cover with twin spouts and a division in the center the body has a lobed out-line decorated with flowering plants. From the collection of Lady Ashburnham.
This piece either belonged to Lady Catherine Ashburnham (1890–1953) who was the last in the Ashurnham line or to her mother the previous Lady Ashburnham (1913-1938).
The Ashburnham family line finally came to an end in 1953 with the death of Lady Catherine filling the 45th and last crypt space prepared over three hundred years earlier. The house and its Capability Brown designed grounds and gardens then passed to a young clergyman, John Bickersteth. Seven years later he gifted the house and surrounding parkland to the Ashburnham Christian Trust.
References:A Kangxi blue and white double spouted ewer of this shape in the Indianapolis Museum of (Art Gift of Dr. Shirley M. Mueller) Accession number 1994.224A-B For a Kangxi Famille Verte double spouted vessel but of a different shape with a bale handle, without a divide inside see : Exhibition of Two Hundred Years of Chinese Ceramics 1522 - 1722 (S.Marchant and Son, Exhibition Catalogue June 1998) page 68, plate 52. The author states "The lack of an internal partition suggests that these pieces were for decoration", while this is very likely it is possible that they were used as a novelty. The present example with it internal division was made to be used to serve tea but could it could equally well have been just a decorative object.