Japanese Imari 1690-1800
Height 168 mm (6.61 inch), diameter 92 mm (3.62 inch), diameter of mouthrim 28 mm (1.10 inch), diameter of footring 54 mm (2.13 inch), weight 294 grams (10.73 ounce (oz.))
Oviform ewer on footring, Tall neck, the mouth with a pinched spout. Curved handle which is not pierced. Imari, decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold with two panels filled with flowering chrysanthemum and irises growing from behind a fence alternating with flower heads and foliate scrolls in iron-red and gold reserved on a dark blue ground. Round the footing a pointed leaves-pattern border. Round the shoulder a fence alternating with a flower head and leafy scrolls. On the handle a floret between scrolls.
The shape of this ewer is common in the export assortment, but an unusual feature is that the handle is not pierced which is nearly always the case with such ewers.
For other identically decorated objects, please see:
- Porzellan aus China und Japan. Die Porzellangalerie der Landgrafen von Hessen-Kassel, (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Kassel, Berlin 1990), p.533, cat. 297.
Condition: Some firing flaws to the rim.
Price: € 499 - $ 562 - £ 442
(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)