Pater Gratia Oriental Art

Japanese Porcelain

 

Japanese Imari 1690-1800

 

'Gold' Imari

 

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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)

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Object 2012034

 

Teapot or hot water pot

 

Japan

 

1700-1720

 

Height with cover 175 mm (6.89 inch), diameter handle to spout 258 mm (10.16 inch), diameter of mouthrim 79 mm (3.11 inch), diameter of footring 88 mm (3.46 inch), weight with cover 1,075 grams (37.92 ounce (oz.)), weight cover 105 grams (3.70 ounce (oz.)

 

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, 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 an identically shaped, sized and decorated sold teapot / hot water pot, please see:

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: Wear to the golden decoration and a professionally restored cover.

 

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: € 2.499 - $ 2,787 - £ 2,257

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Objects 2011820AF

 

Six dishes

 

Japan

 

1700-1720

  

2011820A Height 33 mm (1.29 inch), diameter of rim 212 mm (8.35 inch), diameter of footring 108 mm (4.25 inch), weight 353 grams (13.09 ounce (oz.)), three spur-marks to the base.

2011820B Height 34 mm (1.34 inch), diameter of rim 215 mm (8.46 inch), diameter of footring 107 mm (4.21 inch), weight 380 grams (13.09 ounce (oz.)), two spur-marks to the base.

2011820C Height 38 mm (1.50 inch), diameter of rim 213 mm (8.39 inch), diameter of footring 106 mm (4.17 inch), weight 378 grams (13.09 ounce (oz.)), three spur-marks to the base.

2011820D Height 35 mm (1.38 inch), diameter of rim 212 mm (8.35 inch), diameter of footring 107 mm (4.21 inch), weight 367 grams (13.09 ounce (oz.)), two spur-marks to the base.

2011820E Height 37 mm (1.46 inch), diameter of rim 211 mm (8.31 inch), diameter of footring 104 mm (4.09 inch), weight 385 grams (13.09 ounce (oz.)), three spur-marks to the base.

2011820F Height 36 mm (1.42 inch), diameter of rim 211 mm (8.31 inch), diameter of footring 102 mm (4.02 inch), weight 338 grams (13.09 ounce (oz.)), three spur-marks to the base.

 

Six dishes on footrings, spreading flat rims. '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 interlacing sprays of double peony, double magnolia, and double camellia. The reverses are 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 tea-set 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 & Van Campen 1997, p.213), (Jörg 2003/1, p.201)

 

For identically decorated dishes, please see;

For the identically decorated tea-set in the collection of Oriental ceramics of the Groninger Museum, please see:

For a similarly decorated dish, please see;

For other 'Gold' Imari objects decorated with this specific design, please sse:

Conditions:

 

2011820A: Perfect.

2011820B: A firing flaw.

2011820C: Three firing flaws.

2011820D: Two firing flaws and a popped bubble of glaze, caused by the firing process, to the rim.

2011820E: Perfect.

2011820F: Some wear to the decoration.

 

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

Suebsman 2019, cat. 53

 

Price: € 2.999 - $ 3,223 - £ 2,589

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Object 2011795

 

Dish

 

Japan

 

1710-1730

 

Height 33 mm (1.30 inch), diameter of rim 215 mm (8.46 inch), diameter of footring 125 mm (4.92 inch), weight 455 grams (16.05 ounce (oz.))

 

Dish on footring, straight rim. On the base five spur-marks in a X-pattern. 'Gold' Imari, decorated in gold, iron-red and a light pinkish gold wash with various flowering plants in a central roundel. On the sides three groups of flower sprays. The reverse with three flower sprays.

 

Condition: Some wear to the decoration.

 

Price: € 399 - $ 444 - £ 360

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Object 2011740

 

Teacup and saucer

 

Japan

 

1700-1730

 

Height of tea/coffee cup 26 mm (1.02 inch), diameter of rim 46 mm (1.81 inch), diameter of footring 21 mm (0.83 inch), weight 15 grams (0.53 ounce (oz.))

Height of saucer 16 mm (0.63 inch), diameter of rim 75 mm (2.95 inch), diameter of footring 44 mm or (1.73 inch), weight 20 grams (0.71 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 central flower spray round the rim a silk-worm and stripes pattern border. The reverse is undecorated. The teacup is decorated en suite.  

 

Miniature porcelain was used to decorate a room or mantelshelf as part of a porcelain ensemble, or was intended to be put into a porcelain cabinet. Japanese miniature red and gold Imari pieces can also be found as part of doll’s houses, which showed representations of actual rooms. Pardue states that seventeenth-century Dutch and eighteenth-century British parents wanted their children to prosper and be refined members of polite society. The tea wares and other miniature ceramics, may have been used by or casual play by the young or curiosities for adult amusement, but when viewed through the lens of material culture, they also served as a means through which parents taught their children to succeed in an adult world and carry themselves with proper refinement in polite society. Finally, it has also been suggested that these small sized teacups and saucers were used for the tasting and testing of various sorts of precious tea at a shop. (Jörg 2003/1, p.205 cat. 264), (Pardue 2008, XX)

 

Condition:

Teacup: Three tiny and shallow chips and a frit to the rim.

Saucer: Perfect.

 

References

Jörg 2003/1, cat. 264

Pardue 2008, XX

 

Price: € 199 - $ 221 - £ 179

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Object 2011449

 

Saucer

 

Japan

 

1700-1730

 

Height 20 mm (0.79 inch), diameter of rim 110 mm (4.33 inch), diameter of footring 56 mm or (2.20 inch), weight 70 grams (2.47 ounce (oz.))

 

Saucer on footring, slightly flaring rim. 'Gold' Imari, decorated in gold, iron-red and a light-pinkish gold wash with four groups of flowering plants growing from stylised rockwork and two exotic birds with long tail feathers pheasants in flight. The reverse is undecorated.

 

The exotic birds depicted are most likely two hôô birds or two Japanese pheasants (Phasianus versicolor). The hôô is a mythical bird originating from China, a composite creature, whose composing elements vary, although in Japan it remains essentially a mixture between a cockerel, a pheasant and a bird of paradise. Japanese pheasants (Phasianus versicolor) are, given their different heads, presumably supposed to be a pair, but in fact only the male has an elaborate tail that can be spread out like a fan. (Fitski 2011, pp.158-159)

 

Condition: Perfect.

 

Reference:

Fitski 2011, pp.158-159

 

Price: € 99 - $ 128 - £ 78

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