We are pleased to present this ‘’inventively repaired antique object’’ which has been deftly and expertly repaired back in the days long before the invention of superglue! Once regarded merely as damaged goods by antique dealers and collectors alike, antiques with inventive repairs are now justly receiving the respect they deserve. For some people including interior designers and seasoned collectors these truly unique items are highly valued and have become prized possessions. Given the high value of such items at the time of manufacture it is no surprise that owners were keen to seek the services of artisans skilled in the repair of ceramics. Staples were a much turned-to solution involving skilful drilling and the inclusion of wire staples at close centres. This tankard featuring traditional blue and white Chinese scene has two primary cracks, one has been repaired with four repair staples that cleverly don’t penetrate right through to the inside surface, the other crack has been left untouched. At some point in its early life the tankard lost its original porcelain handle which was replaced with a strong metal handle (generally bronze was used) wrapped in rattan which was a common solution. Some of that rattan has been lost exposing the metal handle beneath. A wonderful piece of history (if only it could tell the stories of its many lives), with a great aesthetic which is enhanced by its life scars. Standing an impressive 15cm tall, 11cm diameter base, max width inc handle 19cm this tankard weights a mighty 1.4kg. £165.00 including delivery to U.K. zone 1 addresses. For postage costs to addresses outside U.K. zone 1 and overseas postage please enquire prior to placing your order thank you.
18thC Chinese Blue and White Export Porcelain Tankard