Underglaze blue with traditional Chinese pictorial and decorative motifs always held a great appeal for Europeans. This piece reveals a combination of European and Chinese styles. The helmet shape is derived from a French silver or pewter model, while the crabstock handle was made to resemble a gnarled branch, a popular Chinese design. The name helmet comes from the fact that the shape looks like an inverted Roman helmet.
- Titles Helmet Pitcher (Descriptive)
- Artist China
- Medium porcelain with underglaze blue decoration, Export ware
- Credit Line Bequest of Frances Oliver, 1972.349
- Work Type pitcher
- Classification Containers