Signed in stone, l.l.: Charlet On stone, l.l., below compo.: Chez Gihaut frères, editeurs, boulevard des Italiens, N¯ 5 On stone, l.r., below compo.: Lith. de Villain On stone, u.l., above compo.: Pl. 6
Ewer decorated floral scrolls in fine blue-and-white and a slim handle. The original spout broke off and a silver replacement and lid are later additions.
The shape of this ewer looks back to metalwork models of the Sassanian Empire (based in modern Iran) that were first imported to China in the seventh century. The floral scrolls have their origin in ancient West Asian art, as seen on architecture and carpet.