Chinese urinal blue and white, late Qing dynasty.
L 21 cm W 18 cm H 12 cm lid Ø 7 cm
Shown is a male urinal with lid in Chinese porcelain. Sometimes this is also called “pistolet” or Huzi. Often a Huzi was shaped like a tiger and was originally made from the Han Dynasty to the Southern Dynasties. Most were made of celadon, while others could be bronze, woodwork, or pottery. On a flat base rises an undulating chamfered slightly compressed corpus that is hand painted in cobalt blue under a blue-white glossy glaze with four lotus plants and tiger branch pattern and ruji-shaped patterns. A large butterfly is painted on the top center of the flattened body. The corpus has a curved handle with a ruji-shaped element on the lateral side. At the top it is painted with symbolic elements. A wide conical spout rises at the front, which at the top turns into a wider flat rim. Here, clear translucency is visible. A round, slightly domed lid fits on this, which is centrally painted in cobalt blue with twigs and leaves. It has a knob-shaped handle with three leaves. The underside is not glazed with the exception of scattered lead glaze spots. The object is not marked. The way of painting on a glossy glaze points to an origin in the late Qing dynasty or the 20th century.
Condition: frits on the handle and lid, small chip on the handle; otherwise good condition.