Inventory no.: 3444

Chinese Porcelain Hookah Base for the Indian Market


Polychrome Porcelain Hookah Base

made in China for the Indian Market

18th-19th century

height: 19.8cm, diameter of base: 14cm

This porcelain hookah base was made in China for export to northern India. It has a cream glaze and polychrome floral and leaf decoration.

Much China trade was conducted not just between China and Europe (and the US) but also between China and Asia, often on European ships, such as those belonging to the British East India Company.

It is unmarked. It is in perfect condition, other than for some wear to the gilding on the rim.


Greensted, M. & P. Hardie, Chinese Ceramics: The Indian Connection, City of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, 1982.Provenance:

UK art market

Inventory no.: 3444