From Penkridge Ceramics, a small workshop near Birmingham, England, comes an elegant addition to your fruit bowl, table, or desk. This porcelain pear has a matte black finish that emphasizes the natural form of the original, plucked fresh from the tree. Inspired by trompe-l'œil canvases and cast from nature, it has been glazed for a washable finish that is impermeable to light and heat.
Chinese Handan stoneware decorated in black under a turquoise glaze, 1300-1400. This elegant vase appealed to George Salting (1835-1909), a passionate collector who bequeathed to the Museum a large number of Chinese ceramics. When Salting bought this piece it was already more than 400 years old. The Chinese had always treasured ancient ceramics, but it was only after the opening up of China to the West after 1840 that antique items became available to other collectors.