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Japanese Tea, Coffee and Chocolate wares 18th Century

 

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Object 2011807

 

Teapot

  

Japan

 

1710-1730

 

Height with cover 103 mm (4.06 inch), height without cover 74 mm (2.91 inch), diameter handle to spout 144 mm (5.67 inch), diameter of mouthrim 40 mm (1.57 inch), diameter of footring 50 mm (1.97 inch), weight with cover 230 grams (8.11 ounce (oz.)), weight cover 25 grams (0.88 ounce (oz.))

 

Oviform teapot on footring, Curved handle, slightly bent spout. Domed cover with round knob. Decorated in overglaze black, iron-red and gold with a continuous mountainous landscape with shores, pagodas, trees and swirling clouds. Round the mouthrim a leafy scroll border with half flower heads. On the handle and spout florets between scrolls. The cover is decorated en suite.

 

After the Dutch ship the Liefde had run aground in the Beppu Bay (Oita Prefectur) in Japan in 1600, regular trade continued practically without interruption from 1609 onwards (first in Hirado and from 1641 from Deshima). Between 1641 and 1847 a total of 606 Dutch ships visited Nagasaki, an average of 3 per year. They bought silk, porcelain, textiles, sugar, hides and dyes in exchange for bullion, coins, lacquerware and camphor. But the significance of the special position of the Dutch went far beyond the monopoly of trade or the exchange of commodities. The Dutch presence served as a channel of communication through which, during the centuries of seclusion, the Japanese obtained their knowledge of the world at large. (Rotterdam 1986, p.8)

 

The general public in the Netherlands had an interest in various aspects of Japanese culture, especially art forms such as Japanese prints, the ukiyo-e woodcuts. The decoration on this teapot clearly derived from one of these ukiyo-e woodcuts. (Rotterdam 1986, p.10)

 

For an identically decorated saucer, please see;

Condition: Some tiny shallow glaze fleabites and two short hairlines to the tip of the spout.

 

References:

Rotterdam 1986, p.8 & p.10

Kyushu 2002, cat. 148

Kyushu 2003, cat. 2983

 

Price: € 899 - $ 978 - £ 755

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)

 

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Object 2012068

 

Teacup & saucer

 

Japan

 

1700-1730

 

Height of teacup 41 mm (1.61 inch), diameter of rim 83 mm (3.27 inch), diameter of footring 33 mm (1.30 inch), weight 62 grams (2.19 ounce (oz.))

Height of saucer 26 mm (1.02 inch), diameter of rim 135 mm (5.31 inch), diameter of footring 69 mm or (2.72 inch), weight 124 grams (4.37 ounce (oz.))

 

Teacup and saucer on footring, spreading sides. Decorated in iron-red and gold with a central roundel filled with a flower spray. On the sides and rim, reserved on the red ground, stylised scrolls with leaves, flowers and two two kidney-shaped medallions each filled with a riverscape. On the reverse four flower sprays. The teacup is decorated en suite.

 

For a smaller sized, identically shaped and decorated teacup & saucer, please see:

For similarly decorated coffee pots, please see:

Condition :

Teacup: A firing flaw to the inner footring and a fleabite to the rim.

Saucer: A chip to the inner footring.

 

References:

Kassel 1990, cat. 292

Jörg 2003/1, cat. 262

 

Price: € 199 - $ 213 - £ 171

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)

 

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Object 2010C285

 

Teapot

 

Japan

 

1710-1730

 

Height with cover 97 mm (3.82 inch), height without cover 73 mm (2.87 inch), diameter handle to spout 134 mm (5.28 inch), diameter of mouthrim 39 mm (1.54 inch), diameter of footring 49 mm (1.93 inch), weight with cover 225 grams (7.93 ounce (oz.)), weight cover 24 grams (0.85 ounce (oz.))

 

Small oviform teapot on footring. Curved handle, slightly bent spout. Domed cover with round knob. Imari decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red, gold and a light-pinkish gold wash with flowering plants and a white hare running away from swelling, foaming waves. Around the foot a border with flowers and leaves. On the handle and spout florets between scrolls. The cover is decorated en suite.

 

Apparently, the motif of the running hare was popular on Japanese porcelain. It is generally depicted combined with waves or the moon in some form or amidst waving pampas grass.

 

This particular hare pattern is known on bowls, teacups and saucers and a rare milk jug, indicating that tea sets with matching parts were made for export.

 

The hare (usagi) is associated with the moon and old age. Legends says that the female conceives by running on the waves –  represented by the curved underglaze blue lines -  on the 18th day of the 8th month when the sky is clear and the moon is reflected in the water. The female can also conceive by licking the fur of the male during the same period or simply by gazing at the moon. 

 

Another version of the legend tells of a white hare on the island of Oki who wanted to go to the mainland. As he could not swim, he cunningly asked a number of crocodiles to line up in the water, under the pretence of counting them, to see if there were more crocodiles in the sea than hares on Oki. He had almost reached the shore by jumping across their backs, when the last crocodile saw through his deception and snapped off all his fur before the hare leapt ashore. ((Arts 1983, pp.113-114, p.143, plate 89), (Piggott 1997, pp.109-110, Fitski 2002, p.6), (Jörg 2003/1, pp.117-118), (Fitski 2011, p158

 

Yet another account says that the crocodiles ran after him and snapped his white fur to take revenge because he had laughed at them for their stupidity. After the hare repented and promised never to use deceit again, the fairy Okuni-nushi-no-Mikoto helped him regrow his fur. (source: http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/72/japanese-fairy-tales/4887/the-white-hare-and-the-crocodiles/)

 

For an identically shaped and decorated teapot is in the collection of Oriental Ceramics in the Groninger Museum, Groningen, please see:

For bowls and a rare milk jug with identical decoration, please see:

Condition: A restored cover and tip of the spout. A hairline to the base, originating from a firing flaw caused by the firing process in the centre of the base due to it being potted to thinly.

 

References:

Arts 1983, pp.113-114 & p.143, plate 89

Piggott 1997, pp.109-110

Fitski 2002, p 6

Jörg 2003/1, cat. 126, 247 & 247a

Fitski 2011, p.158

 

Price: € 349 - $ 388 - £ 315

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Object 2012010A

 

Saucer

 

Japan

 

1700-1720

 

Height 22 mm (0.86 inch), diameter of rim 118 mm (4.65 inch), diameter of footring 68 mm (2.68 inch), weight 93 grams (3.28 ounce (oz.))

 

Saucer on footring, slightly everted rim. Imari decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold with a three-piece garniture on a horizontal band over a diaper pattern. The covered jar is decorated with floral designs and zig zag lines pattern borders, the vases are decorated with rows of dots. One of the vases is filled with branches of flowering chrysanthemum and carnation the other with branches of flowering peony and carnation. The reverse is decorated with three stylized flower sprays and three blue circles round the foot. On the base a single blue circle. Some kiln sand adhering to the base.

 

An identically shaped, sized and decorated teacup and saucer is in the Dresden collection (Johanneum mark 'N:108'' and signum '+'.). It was acquired July 1723 from Count Flemming. (Reichel 1981, p.150, cat. 52)

 

For this identically shaped, sized and decorated teacup and saucer in the Dresden collection, please see:

Jörg states that the use of garnitures as a decorative motif on tea ware was probably done as a suggestion of luxury, he illustrates it with a teacup and saucer decorated with an interesting five-piece garniture. A similar but simplified motif is seen on Delftware pieces, which were probably inspired by such Japanese examples. (Jörg 2003/1, pp.198-199, cat. 250)

 

For a teacup and saucer decorated with a five-piece garniture, please see:

Condition: Perfect. 

 

References:

Reichel 1981, cat. 52

Jörg 2003/1, cat. 250

 

Price: € 399 - $ 444 - £ 360

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Object 2010C234

 

Saucer

 

Japan

 

1700-1740

 

Height 20 mm (0.79 inch), diameter of rim 112 mm (4.41 inch), diameter of footring 58 mm (2.28 inch), weight 73 grams (2.58 ounce (oz.))

 

Saucer on footring, slightly everted rim. Imari decorated in underglaze blue, overglaze iron-red, black and gold with a flower spray in a central roundel on the sides a hand cart loaded with a flower pot filled with flowering plants alternating with a bijin in kimono. Around the rim a zig-zag lines pattern border. On the reverse three flowering prunus sprays.

 

Bijin is a Japanese expression that is derived both from the English word "vision" and used to describe women of beauty. (animenewsnetwork.com

 

For a similarly decorated dish (incised on the base with the inventory mark of the Royal Saxon Collection of King Augustus the Strong), please see;

Condition: A firing flaw to the rim and wear to decoration of the kimonos. 

 

References:

Impey 2002, cat. 375

animenewsnetwork.com

www.vam.ac.uk

 

Price: € 149 - $ 165 - £ 134

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Object 2010296

 

Teacup and saucer

 

Japan

 

1700-1730

 

Height of teacup 39 mm (1.54 inch), diameter of rim 66 mm (2.60 inch), diameter of footring 26 mm (1.02 inch), weight 38 grams (1.34 ounce (oz.))

Height of saucer 20 mm (0.79 inch), diameter of rim 110 mm (4.33 inch), diameter of footring 55 mm or (2.17 inch), weight 60 grams (2.12 ounce (oz.))

 

Teacup and saucer on footrings, slightly everted rims. Imari decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red, gold and a light-pinkish gold wash with flowering plants and a white hare running away from foaming waves. The teacup is decorated en suite.

 

The hare is associated with the moon and old age. Legends says that the doe conceives by running on the waves on the 18th day of the 8th month when the sky is clear and the moon is reflected in the water, by licking the fur of the male during the same period or simply by gazing at the moon this may explain the wavy lines on this teacup and saucer. Another version of the legend tells of a white hare on the island of Oki wanted to go to the mainland but as he could not swim, he cunningly asked a number of crocodiles to line up in the water, under the pretence of counting them to see if there were more crocodiles in the sea than hares on Oki. He had almost reached the shore by jumping across their backs, when the last crocodile saw through his deception and snapped off all his fur before the hare leapt ashore. (Arts 1983, pp.113-114), (Jörg 2003/1, pp.117-118)

 

For a similarly decorated bowl, please see:

Condition teacup: A tiny fleabite to the inner rim.

Condition saucer: A shallow glaze chip to the outer rim of the saucer.

 

References:

Arts 1983, pp.113-114.

Jörg 2003/1, cat. 126, 247 & 247a.

 

Price: € 149 - $ 165 - £ 134

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Object 2011719

 

Tea caddy 

 

Japan

 

1710-1730

 

Height 98 mm (3.85 inch), diameter 78 mm (3.07 inch), diameter of mouthrim 31 mm (1.22 inch), diameter of footring 50 mm (1.97 inch), weight 166 grams (5.86 ounce (oz.))

 

Tea caddy of baluster form on a splayed, domed foot with a fluted body. Upright neck, rim unglazed inside for cover, now missing. Imari decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold with three kidney-shaped panels reserved on a dark blue ground filled with flowering plants and birds. The panels are flanked by three flowerheads on a dark blue ground with leafy scrolls in gold.

 

Japanese export porcelain tea caddies are relatively rare.

 

For an identically shaped and decorated tea caddy, please see:

Condition: A shallow frit to the rim and a small chip to the foot.

 

Price: € 299 - $ 333 - £ 270

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Object 2011265

 

Saucer

 

Japan

 

1710-1730

 

Height 16 mm (0.63 inch), diameter of rim 98 mm (3.86 inch), diameter of footring 50 mm (1.97 inch), weight 48 grams (1.69 ounce (oz.))

 

Saucer on footring, slightly everted rim. Imari decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold with irregular panels filled with flower sprays and butterflies on a cobweb. The reverse is undecorated.

 

Cobwebs are an unusual motif on Arita export ware. (Jörg 2003/1, p.199)

 

For an identically decorated teacup and saucer, please see;

Condition: Perfect.

 

Reference:

Jörg 2003/1, cat. 251

 

Price: € 149 - $ 165 - £ 134

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