Mixing dissimilar motifs in surprising ways enhanced the "antick" character of Chinoiserie objects. The twelve-nozzled vase
seen here features Japanese-style karakusa scrolls painted around the
foot paired with sculpted animal heads whose tails become handles in the style
of Italian grotesques. It would have held tulips, which were first
brought to Europe from the Near East a century earlier. Other objects, including
this mug and silver tankard, are adorned with carefree adaptations of foreign
motifs. The joyously animated man on the enamelled stoneware mug is a quintessentially "antick" character.