A rare Chinese export spice pot, Qianlong
A rare small Chinese export table spice pot and cover with a squirrel knop, the interior divided into three compartments, dating from the Qianlong period. The jar and cover are decorated with flowering braches in a pale shade of underglaze blue. The knop is unusually formed as a spotted squirrel. Width across the mouth 11cm (4.3").
The division into three compartments would have allowed this pot to have been used to serve three separate spices at a time when spices were a valuable commodity.
Dating: Qianlong c 1740-50
Condition. The nose and one arm of the squirrel knop have been restored, and the knop (which had previously been broken off) re-fixed. There is some glaze fritting around the rim of the lid.