This late Qing wood pitcher from Shanghai is similar in form to provincial pitchers but is made of a harder wood, is more carefully constructed and has a sleeker look than its country cousins. The basic construction design is similar—shaped staves form the bowl and are held together with bands. The individual staves on this one are so tightly fitted that it looks as though it is carved from one piece of wood. The band around the bottom is metal but has been colored to match the wood; the upper band is half round wood. Fine carving on the simulated bamboo handle was originally highlighted with a copper-colored lacquer that now is worn off in some areas. Due to the hardwood, the piece shows very little wear elsewhere, and the surface is quite smooth with just a few small nicks visible. The early 20th century pitcher is in excellent condition inside and outside. Dimensions: height 14 ½” (37 cm), width 10” (26 cm), depth 11” (18 cm).