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Objects 2011624A/F

 

Six teacups and saucers

 

Japan

 

c.1700

 

Height of teacups 41 mm (1.61 inch), diameter of rims 65 mm (2.56 inch), diameter of footrings 29 mm (1.14 inch), weights 83/86/100/103/105/108 grams (2.93/3.03/3.53/3.63/3.70/3.81 ounce (oz.))

 

Height of saucers 25 mm (0.98 inch), diameter of rims 115 mm (4.53 inch), diameter of footrings 65 mm or (2.56 inch), weights 44/46/47/48/49/53 grams (1.55/1.62/1.65/1.69/1.73/1.87 ounce (oz.))

 

Six teacups and saucers on footrings, flared straight sides and slightly everted rims. Decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze gold. On the saucers a single flowering peony spray in a central roundel surrounded by dense leafy peony scrolls with three large flower heads. The reverses are undecorated. On the outsides of the teacups dense leafy scrolls with three large peony flower heads. On the bottoms a single flowering peony spray.

 

Teacups and saucers were especially developed for export, as Chinese and Japanese teacups did not have saucers. They were probably inspired by earlier Turkish and Islamic examples. VOC- records show that the Japanese made cups and matching saucers from the very beginning of the export trade.

 

Jörg mentions that there are very few examples in Dutch collections of Arita tea wares in underglaze blue, they are quite rare. One of the reasons probably is that Japanese potters couldn’t compete with the much cheaper Chinese tea wares.

 

One of the best known examples of Japanese Arita tea ware are the teacups and saucers decorated with  the coat of arms of the Dutch family Huydecoper. Another equally rare set of teacups and saucers, with a more stylized decoration of scrolling vine with birds, is in the collection at the Japanese replica of Huis Ten Bosch, near Nagasaki, dated 1670-90. More interesting for comparison however are some tea cups found during excavations in Amsterdam, dated 1660-80, with an identical decoration. The later date of c.1700 of our set is mainly based on the clear inspiration by later Chinese Kangxi flower scrolls. (Arita 2000, p.57 cat. 87), (Jörg 2003/1, pp.191-192 &  p.231, cat. 293).

 

For Arita teacups and saucers decorated in underglaze blue with identical decoration, please see:

For other Arita teacups and saucers decorated in underglaze blue, please see:

Condition:

Teacups: One with a fleabite to the footring and one with a hairline to the rim, the other four are in perfect

Saucers: All six perfect.

 

References:

Lunsingh Scheurleer 1971, cat. 190

Arita 2000, p.57, cat. 87, p.122, cat. 252 & 253 & pp.212-213, cat. 16a/b   

Jörg 2003/1, p.191 & cat. 293

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010303

 

Teapot

 

Japan

 

1700-1720

 

Height with cover 105 mm (4.13 inch), height without cover 67 mm (2.64 inch), diameter handle to spout 150 mm (5.91 inch), diameter of mouthrim 50 mm (1.97 inch), diameter of footring 55 mm (2.17 inch), weight with cover 224 grams (7.90 ounce (oz.)), weight cover 57 grams (2.01 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 on both sides with flowering plants and leafy scrolls. On the handle a floret between scrolls and on the spout two flowering stems. The cover is decorated en suite.

 

Condition: A shallow, tiny and very light rough spot to the top of the spout and a firing flaw to the underside of the finial.

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010685

 

Saucer

 

Japan

 

1700-1720

 

Height 29 mm (1.14 inch), diameter of rim 151 mm (5.94 inch), diameter of footring 78 mm (3.07 inch), weight 198 grams (6.98 ounce (oz.))

 

Saucer on footring, straight rime. Imari decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze gold with a central roundel filled with a flowering chrysanthemum. On the sides four scalloped cartouches filled with various flowering plants reserved on an underglaze blue ground with foliate scrolls in gold. The reverse is undecorated.

 

This saucer was probably originally, as a stand, part of a chocolate set together with a matching covered beaker now missing.

 

Condition : Perfect with little wear to the golden decoration.

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2011915

 

Coffee pot

 

Japan

 

1700-1730

 

Height 214 mm (8.43 inch), diameter of mouthrim 85 mm (3.35 inch), diameter of footring 105 mm (4.13 inch), weight 1,295 grams (45.68 ounce (oz.)).

 

Tapering cylindrical coffee pot on footring. The original cover is missing, a hole to the base. Two karakusa (spiky lotus) shaped side-handles with thumb-rests in the shape of a human head. The three holes in the lower part pf the body, the one on the front with a bronze tap the other two beneath the handles with a bronze rosette, are surrounded by a kiku-flower modelled in low relief. Imari decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold on both sides with a fenced terrace with flowering plants, trees and a phoenix in flight. Scrollwork on the handles. 

 

Like tea, coffee was first regarded as a medicinal drug: similarly it suddenly became a popular beverage at the end of the 17th century. Coffee houses were opened all over Europe and, whereas drinking tea was mainly a womanly pursuit, coffee houses were almost exclusively frequented by men.

 

Apparently, coffee pots with spouts, well known in Chinese export porcelain, were not made in Arita. A specifically Dutch and rather rare shape is the coffee urn with two elegant curving side-handles and/or three taps. These metal taps were later added in Europe, in spaces left for the purpose. Jörg mentions that no examples of the three tap type coffee can seem to be represented in public collections in the Netherlands. (Ford/Impey 1989, p. 90), (Jörg 2003/1, pp. 192-193)

 

For a coffee pot with identical form and handles with human heads, please see: 

 For an identicaly shaped coffee pot on three legs, please see:

Condition: A frit to the rim and a hole in the base.

 

References:

Ford & Impey 1989, cat. 61

Kassel 1990, cat. 290

Arita 2000, cat.99.

Jörg 2003/1, pp. 192-193

http://saga-museum.jp/ceramic/exhibition/collection/kanbara/000563.html

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2011921

 

Teacup & saucer

 

Japan

 

1700-1730

 

Height of teacup 35 mm (1.37 inch), diameter of rim 65 mm (2.56 inch), diameter of footring 25 mm (0.98 inch), weight 29 grams (3.00 ounce (oz.))

Height of saucer 21 mm (0.82 inch), diameter of rim 106 mm (4.17 inch), diameter of footring 50 mm or (1.97 inch), weight 65 grams (5.19 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.

 

The saucer shows a finely crackled glaze. This demonstrates a typical feature of Japanese porcelain, where the glaze is often but not always crackled. The teacup does not have the crackled glaze, which underlines that both was possible with Japanese porcelain and both were considered of equal quality.

 

For similarly decorated coffee pots, please see:

Condition : Both perfect.

 

References:

Kassel 1990, cat. 292

Jörg 2003/1, cat. 262

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010101

  

Teacup and saucer

 

Japan

 

1700-1730

 

Height of teacup 35 mm (1.38 inch), diameter of rim 60 mm (2.36 inch), diameter of footring 25 mm (0.98 inch), weight 30 grams (1.06 ounce (oz.))

Height of saucer 19 mm (0.75 inch), diameter of rim 98 mm (3.86 inch), diameter of footring 45 mm (1.77 inch), weight 56 grams (1.98 ounce (oz.))

 

Teacup and saucer on footrings with spreading sides and rims. Imari decorated in underglaze blue with overglaze iron-red and gold with a single chrysanthemum flower spray in a central roundel. On the sides and rim three medallions filled with a riverscape reserved on leafy ground in iron-red and gold. The teacup is decorated en suite.

   

Condition: Both perfect.

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010297

  

Teacup and saucer

 

Japan

 

1700-1730

 

Height of teacup 42 mm (1.65 inch), diameter of rim 72 mm (2.83 inch), diameter of footring 31 mm (1.22 inch), weight 42 grams (1.48 ounce (oz.))

Height of saucer 22 mm (0.47 inch), diameter of rim 120 mm (3.72 inch), diameter of footring 62 mm (2.44 inch), weight 87 grams (3.07 ounce (oz.)

 

Teacup and saucer on footrings with spreading sides and rims. Imari decorated in underglaze blue with overglaze iron-red and gold with two medallions, one fan-shaped filled with chrysanthemums flower heads on a leafy ground, the other kidney-shaped filled with a riverscape with houses, trees, mountains and a waterfall. On the rim four birds perched on flowering branches. The teacup is decorated en suite.

  

The decoration on this teacup and saucer is a good example of Japanese taste to be found in the asymmetry of the decoration.

 

Condition: Both perfect.

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2011293

 

Saucer

 

Japan

 

c.1750

 

Height 20 mm (0.79 inch), diameter of rim 110 mm (4.33 inch), diameter of footring 52 mm (2.05 inch), weight 60 grams (2.12 ounce (oz.))

 

Moulded saucer on footring ,straight rim with scalloped edge. Decorated in underglaze blue with four ducks, two near a shore one in flight and one in a pond with its head under water. On the sides and rim four groups with half flower heads on a moulded floral decoration. On the reverse two flower sprays.

 

Condition: Perfect.

 

Price: Sold.

 

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