A great form for any collection, this early Chinese export porcelain Transitional period ewer is finely painted in underglaze blue with a continuous landscape scene featuring two attendants carrying things to their master, a scholar who reads taking his leisure in a garden. Please note the stylized tulip – a rare item at this time in the West – which decorates the neck of the piece adding to its exotic appeal. The form most likely taken from Middle Eastern metal vessels. Measuring 7″ x 6″ and in good condition with only a small restoration to the end of the spout and minor glaze losses commensurate with its age; covered in a rich, beautiful glaze. Mid-17th century.