Japanese wares with Western shapes or designs 1653-1800
Height 147 mm (2.28 inch), diameter handle to spout 135 mm (5.31 inch), diameter 89 mm (3.50 inch), diameter of mouthrim 16 mm (0.63 inch), diameter of footring 53 mm (2.09 inch), weight 274 grams (9.67 ounce (oz.))
Oviform ewer on footring, narrowing shoulder with cylindrical neck. Curved spout and C-shaped handle. Imari decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold with flowering plants its flowers are moulded in low relief alternating with a seated figure. On the handle and spout a floret between scrolls. Round the foot a continuous flower scroll.
This special type of ewer was probably used for soy, its moulded decoration in low relief was popular for a while,and is also seen on several other export shapes.
For other objects with moulded decoration in low relief, please see:
- Fine & Curious: Japanese Export Porcelain in Dutch Collections, (C.J.A. Jörg, Hotei publishing, Amsterdam, 2003), p.99, cat. 97& 98 & p.100. cat. 99 & 100.
For an identically shaped and sized ewers decorated with moulded low relief, please see:
- The Voyage of Old-Imari Porcelains, (Kyushu Ceramic Museum, Arita 2000), p.60, cat. 96.
- Imari-Porzellan am Hofe der Kaiserin Maria Theresia, exhibition catalogue (Hetjens-Museum, Düsseldorf, 2000), p.89, cat. 65 & 66.
Condition: A restored handle.