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Japanese Tea, Coffee and Chocolate wares 18th Century

 

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2012325
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Object 2012325

 

Teapot

 

Japan

 

1700-1720

 

Height with cover 95 mm (3.74 inch), height without cover 70 mm (2.76 inch), diameter handle to spout 120 mm (4.72 inch), diameter of mouthrim 42 mm (1.65 inch), diameter of foot 52 mm (2.04 inch), weight with cover 233 grams (8.21 ounce (oz.)), weight cover 41 grams (1.45 ounce (oz.))

  

Globular pear-shaped teapot on footring, fluted body. Curved handle and a straight spout. Ribbed cover and knob. Imari, decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold with irises, reeds and three zigzag plank bridges (yatsuhashi). On the handle a floret between scrolls and on the spout stylised spays. On the cover two wide spread flower sprays.

 

For an identically decorated coffee pot, please see:

For an identically decorated sugar bowl, please see:

Condition: Firing flaws on the handle and cover, a fleabite and a frit to the inside rim of the cover.

 

Reference: 

Impey 2002, cat. 343

 

Price: € 599 - $ 708 - £ 543

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

 

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Object 2011578

 

Sugar bowl

 

Japan

 

1710-1730

 

Height 50 mm (1.96 inch), diameter of rim 87 mm (3.43 inch), diameter of footring 38 mm (1.50 inch), weight 89 grams (3.14 ounce (oz.))

 

Small bowl on footring, steep sides and straight rim. Imari decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold with on the outside irises, reeds and three zig-zag plank bridges (yatsuhashi), On the bottom a single flower spray in a single concentric band.

 

A bowl of this size, to large to be used as a coffee cup or tea bowl, would probably have been part of a coffee or tea service and served as a sugar bowl.

 

Impey illustrates an identically decorated coffee pot and states that an identical example is in the collection or Oriental ceramics in the Groninger Museum, Groningen. (Impey 2002, p.206)

 

For an identically decorated teapot, please see:

Condition: Perfect.

 

Reference:

Impey 2002, cat. 343

 

Price: € 199 - $ 221 - £ 179

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

 

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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

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

 

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2010C285
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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

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

 

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Object 2012305

 

Saucer

 

Japan

  

1700-1730

 

Height 23 mm (0.90 inch), diameter of rim 121 mm (4.76 inch), diameter of footring 51 mm (2.00 inch), weight 104 grams (3.67 ounce (oz.))

 

Saucer on footring, straight rim with a slightly everted edge. Imari decorated in underglaze blue with overglaze iron-red, green enamel, gold and a light-pinkish gold wash with a pearl with knotted ribbons in a central roundel. On the sides two dragons chasing a pearl through swirling clouds. The reverse is undecorated.

 

Chinese dragon, also known as Long or Lung, are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology, Chinese folklore and Chinese culture at large. Chinese dragons have many animal like forms such as turtles and fish, but are most commonly depicted as snake-like with four legs. They traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, typhoons, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it in East Asian culture. During the days of Imperial China, the Emperor of China usually used the dragon as a symbol of his imperial strength and power. Many pictures of Chinese dragons show a flaming pearl under their chin or in their claws. The pearl is associated with spiritual energy, wisdom, prosperity, power, immortality, thunder, or the moon. Chinese art often depicts a pair of dragons chasing or fighting over the flaming pearl. (source: Wikipedia)

 

The original Chinese design of a dragon chasing a flaming pearl can also be found on other Japanese export wares, for a sold Japanese mustard pot decorated with the design in blue-and-white, please see:

Condition: Perfect.

 

Reference:

Wikipedia

 

Price: € 149 - $ 175 - £ 135

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

 

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2010C234
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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

 

Two identically shaped, sized and decorated sets of teacups and saucers of which one set was found in England and the other set in the Unites States, are in an English private collection.

 

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

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

 

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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

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

 

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Object 2011223

 

Saucer

 

Japan

 

1710-1730

 

Height 19 mm (0.75 inch), diameter of rim 97 mm (3.82 inch), diameter of footring 46 mm (1.81 inch), weight 47 grams (1.66 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;

For other objects decorated with a cobweb, please see:

Condition: A firing flaw to the footring.

 

References:

Jörg 2003/1, cat. 251

Kyushu 2003, cat. 1739

 

Price: € 149 - $ 165 - £ 134

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

 

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