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A group that seems to have been especially favoured in The Netherlands, traditionally called 'Gold Imari', dates to the early 18th century. These wares are painted in gold only, in gold and iron-red, or in gold and red with a few touches of green, aubergine and black. 'Gold Imari' is relatively well represented in collections in the northern parts of The Netherlands but which occurs less often in old English and German collections

 

From about 1700 the gold often has a pink-violet hue ('pink lustre'), which is clearly visible on the white porcelain background when the gold is very thin or has been rubbed off. It seems that the Japanese enamellers used a different process to the Chinese, because Chinese pieces do not have this pink violet hue. (Jörg 2003/1, pp.92-93)

2010668
2010668

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Object 2010668

 

Teapot or hot water pot

 

Japan

 

1700-1720

 

Height with cover 178 mm (7.01 inch), diameter handle to spout 251 mm (9.88 inch), diameter of mouthrim 80 mm (3.15 inch), diameter of footring 88 mm (3.47 inch)

 

Teapot or hot water pot on footring, curved handle and a straight spout. Domed lid with round knob. 'Gold' Imari, decorated in gold, iron-red and a pink-gold wash with three groups of flowering plants, each with a pair of birds, namely millet and quail, carnation and crested grouse and double camellia with partridge. Between each group a bird in flight. On the handle a floret between scrolls and on the cover three groups of flowering plants with three birds in flight. 

 

In the collection of Oriental Ceramics of the Groninger Museum is a identically decorated teaset that consists of an identical teapot / hot water pot, six cups and saucers for tea or coffee, six chocolate cups with covers and saucers, a bowl with an overturned rim that might have been a sugar bowl and a ewer which may have been used as a milk jug but could also have been a condiment jug in a dinner set with the same design of which parts are also in the Groninger Museum. The set entered the Groninger Museum in 1899 as a bequest of the local collector, Mr. Mello Backer. Some sherds of similar wares have been excavated at Deshima. (Jörg 2003/1, p.201)

 

For the identically decorated teaset (including the large teapot / hot water pot) in the collection of Oriental ceramics of the Groninger Museum, please see:

Condition: A restored handle.

 

References:

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, cat. 237

Arita 2000, cat. 84

Düsseldorf 2000, cat. 10

Impey 2002, cat. 443 & 444

Jörg 2003/1, cat. 124 & 256

 

Price: Sold.

 

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2011745 and 2011746
2011745 and 2011746

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Objects 2011745 and 2011746

 

Two chamber-pots

 

Japan

 

1700-1720

 

2011745: Height with cover 245 mm (9.65 inch), height without cover 180 mm (7.09 inch), diameter of mouthrim 250 mm (9.84 inch), diameter of footring 102 mm (4.01 inch)

 

2011746: Height with cover 245 mm (9.65 inch), height without cover 182 mm (7.17 inch), diameter of mouthrim 248 mm (9.76 inch), diameter of footring 100 mm (3.94 inch)

 

Two chamber-pots on footrings with spreading upturned rims, each with two curved handles with thumb-rests. Domed recessed covers with finials modelled as a reclining hares. 'Gold' Imari, decorated in gold, iron-red and a pink-gold wash with three groups of flowering plants, each with a pair of birds, namely millet and quail, carnation and crested grouse and double camellia with partridge. Between each group a bird in flight.  On the handle a floret between scrolls. The cover is decorated en suite, the hares have golden eyes and whiskers and iron-red ears.

 

Besides dinner services, covered jars, tea, coffee and chocolate sets, decorated in 'Gold' Imari with this design, also other utilitarian or luxury items, like these chamber-pots, were ordered after a Western model. These included cylindrical beer mugs, barbers' bowls, cuspidors and chamber-pots therefore this set can be considered Japon de commande objects. The production of chamber-pots as a non-fashionable utility-ware continued until the mid-18th century. (Jörg 2003/1, p.164, cat. 188)

 

The quail, closely allied to the pardridge, is an emblem of courage both in China and Japan, as it is highly esteemed as a fighting bird. On Japanese porcelain they are frequently depicted amidst autumn grasses under millet. This quail and millet design, symbolizing the autumn is especially common on Kakiemon, but is also found on ko Kutani, Imari and blue-and-white wares. It has been suggested that that particular form is copied from the work of the painter Tosa Mitsuoki (1607-1691), but it probably originated from Chinese Paintings of the Sung period. This motif has been copied on European porcelain, especially at Bow and Chelsea where it is used as a decoration on the so-called 'partridge plates' and also on Meissen Porcelain. (Arts 1983, pp.134-135

 

For identically decorated objects, please see:

For identically shaped chamber-pots, please see:

Condition:

2011745: Perfect.

2011746: Perfect with wear to the golden decoration.

 

References:

Amsterdam 1972. cat. nr. 41

Arts 1983, pp.134-135 & Plate 80

Arita 2000, cat. 84

Düsseldorf 2000, cat. 10

Impey 2002, cat. 443, 444 & 445

Jörg 2002/2, cat. 132

Jörg 2003/1, cat. 123, 124 & 256

 

Price: Sold.

 

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2010574

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Object 2010574

 

Dish

 

Japan

 

1700-1720

 

Height 47 mm (1.85 inch), diameter of rim 295 mm (11.61 inch), diameter of footring 142 mm (5.59 inch)

 

Dish on footring, spreading flat rim. On the base four spur-marks in a Y-pattern. 'Gold' Imari, decorated in gold, iron-red and a light-pinkish gold wash with a spray of blossoming pomegranate in a central roundel surrounded by grasses and three groups of flowering plants each with a pair of birds, namely millet and quail, carnation and crested grouse, double camellia and partridge. In between each group a bird in flight. The rim with four panels containing sprays of peony, double magnolia, double chrysanthemum and double camellia. The reverse is undecorated.

 

These type of dishes are magnificent examples of the 'Gold' Imari group. No underglaze blue or other enamels are used, the light pinkish wash lending sufficient contrast to the brighter red and gold. This dish was once part of an extensive dinner set, now separated. In the collection of Oriental Ceramics of the Groninger Museum is an identically decorated teaset that consists of an identical teapot / hot water pot, six cups and saucers for tea or coffee, six chocolate cups with covers and saucers, a bowl with an overturned rim that might have been a sugar bowl and a ewer which may have been used as a milk jug but could also have been a condiment jug in a dinner set with the same design of which parts are also in the Groninger Museum. The set entered the Groninger Museum in 1899 as a bequest of the local collector, Mr. Mello Backer. Some sherds of similar wares have been excavated at Deshima. (Jörg 2003/1, p.201 & p.213)

 

For the identically decorated teaset in the collection of Oriental ceramics of the Groninger Museum, please see:

For an identically decorated dish, please see;

For a similarly decorated dish, please see;

Condition: Perfect.

 

References:

Arts 1983, Plate 80

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, cat. 237

Arita 2000, cat. 84

Düsseldorf 2000, cat. 10

Jörg 2003/1, cat. 123, 124 & 256

 

Price: Sold.

 

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2011444
2011444

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Object 2011444

 

Dish

 

Japan

 

1700-1720

 

Height 38 mm (1.49 inch), diameter of rim 211 mm (8.33 inch), diameter of footring 110 mm (4.33 inch), weight 371 grams (13.09 ounce (oz.))

 

Dish on footring, spreading flat rim. 'Gold' Imari, decorated in gold, iron-red and a light-pinkish gold wash with a spray of blossoming pomegranate in a central roundel surrounded by grasses and three groups of flowering plants each with a pair of birds, namely millet and quail, carnation and crested grouse, double camellia and partridge. In between each group a bird in flight. The rim with sprays of peony, double magnolia, and double camellia. The reverse is undecorated.

 

These type of dishes are magnificent examples of the 'gold' Imari group. No underglaze blue or other enamels are used, the light pinkish wash lending sufficient contrast to the brighter red and gold. This dish was once part of an extensive dinner set, now separated. In the collection of Oriental Ceramics of the Groninger Museum is an identically decorated teaset that consists of an identical teapot / hot water pot, six cups and saucers for tea or coffee, six chocolate cups with covers and saucers, a bowl with an overturned rim that might have been a sugar bowl and a ewer which may have been used as a milk jug but could also have been a condiment jug in a dinner set with the same design of which parts are also in the Groninger Museum. The set entered the Groninger Museum in 1899 as a bequest of the local collector, Mr. Mello Backer. Some sherds of similar wares have been excavated at Deshima. (Jörg 2003/1, p.201 & p.213)

 

For the identically decorated teaset in the collection of Oriental ceramics of the Groninger Museum, please see:

For identically decorated dishes, please see;

For a similarly decorated dish, please see;

Condition: Perfect.

 

References:

Arts 1983, Plate 80

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, cat. 237

Arita 2000, cat. 84

Düsseldorf 2000, cat. 10

Jörg 2003/1, cat. 123, 124 & 256

 

Price: Sold.

 

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2011393, 2011417 & 2011418
2011393, 2011417 & 2011418

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Objects 2011393, 2011417 & 2011418

 

Three teacups and saucers

 

Japan

 

1700-1720

 

Height of teacups 40 mm (1.57 inch), diameter of rims 67 mm (2.64 inch), diameter of footrings 33 mm (1.30 inch), weights 38/40/35 grams (1.34/1.41/1.23 ounce (oz.))

Height of saucers 25 mm (0.98 inch), diameter of rims 112 mm (4.41 inch), diameter of footrings 55 mm or (2.17 inch), weights 77/72/76 grams (2.72/2.54/2.68 ounce (oz.))

 

Three teacups and saucers on footrings, slightly everted rims. 'Gold' Imari, decorated in gold, iron-red and a light-pinkish gold wash with a single flowering peony in a central roundel surrounded by grasses and three groups of flowering plants namely; millet, carnation and camellia each with three groups of two partridges. On the bottom of the teacups a single flowering peony. The reverses of the saucers are undecorated.

 

The quail, or a pair of quails, fairly often used as a motif on fine porcelain, is a symbol of courage because of its fighting qualities. (Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p.213)

 

Condition:

Teacups: One with a frit and one with a hairline, both to the rim.

Saucers: All three perfect.

 

Reference:

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, cat. 237

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010673

 

Teacup and saucer

 

Japan

 

1700-1720

 

Height of teacup 38 mm (1.50 inch), diameter of rim 62 mm (2.56 inch), diameter of footring 25 mm (0.98 inch), weight 28 grams (0.99 ounce (oz.))

Height of saucer 20 mm (0.79 inch), diameter of rim 108 mm (4.25 inch), diameter of footring 51 mm or (2.01 inch), weight 50 grams (1.76 ounce (oz.))

 

Teacup and saucer on footrings, slightly everted rims. 'Gold' Imari, decorated in gold, iron-red and a light-pinkish gold wash with a single flowering peony in a central roundel surrounded by grasses and three groups of flowering plants namely; millet, carnation and camellia each with three groups of two partridges. In between each group a bird in flight. The teacup is decorated en suite.

 

In the collection of Oriental Ceramics of the Groninger Museum is a identically decorated teaset that consists of an identical teapot / hot water pot, six cups and saucers for tea or coffee, six chocolate cups with covers and saucers, a bowl with an overturned rim that might have been a sugar bowl and a ewer which may have been used as a milk jug but could also have been a condiment jug in a dinner set with the same design of which parts are also in the Groninger Museum. The set entered the Groninger Museum in 1899 as a bequest of the local collector, Mr. Mello Backer. Some sherds of similar wares have been excavated at Deshima. (Jörg 2003/1, p.201)

 

For the identically decorated teaset, in the collection of Oriental ceramics of the Groninger Museum, please see:

For an identically decorated bowl and chocolate cup with cover and saucer, please see;

Condition:

Teacup: Perfect, some wear to the decoration.

Saucer: A hairline to the rim.

 

References:

Arts 1983, Plate 80

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, cat. 237

Arita 2000, cat. 84

Düsseldorf 2000, cat. 10

Impey 2002, cat. 443 & 444

Jörg 2003/1, cat. 124 & 256

 

Price: Sold.

 

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