Joseon Dynasty White Porcelain Hexagonal Bottle with Botanical and Butterfly Design in Underglaze Cobalt Blue | Korea, 18C


A blue-and-white bottle fired in Bunwon-ri (official kiln) at the end of the 18th century. It has a long, drop-like shape with a cup-shaped mouth, and the faceted hexagonal body are decorated with a butterfly and plants in underglaze cobalt blue. It is thought to have been used as a drinking bottle by the Yangban (ruling class), or as a milk jug for ritual purposes, and is a perfect example of the clean and neat style of the heyday of the dynasty.

There is minor dirt and an unglazed spot on the lower side of the mouth, but the condition is extremely good. Many of these bottles are large or excavated with a lacking neck, and practical ones are valuable. It is ideal not only for flowering, but also good as a sake bottle. Comes with a storage box.

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