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Bargain SALE Japanese Porcelain

On this page you'll find existing Japanese export porcelain objects for sale now offered at a significantly reduced price.


If you are interested in a purchase, or want more information on one of the objects, please feel free to contact me at:


Latest addition: April 8, 2022.


Japanese Blue and White wares 17th Century - Other wares


Object 2011411








Height 159 mm (6.26 inch), diameter 99 mm (3.90 inch), diameter of mouthrim 20 mm (0.79 inch), diameter of footring 50 mm (1.97 inch), weight 355 grams (12.55 ounce (oz.))


Kendi on footring, spout on the shoulder, long cylindrical neck ending in a splayed mouth with overturned rim. Decorated in underglaze blue with a simplified landscape. On the shoulder a band with single dots and a broad monochrome underglaze blue band on the spout and neck a flower spray.


This small kendi is rather sketchily painted. The band with dots may have been derived from the small border panels with simplified tassels and dots of the late kraak pieces. The flower sprays indicate a late 17th-century date. Similar kendis are in the Toguri Museum Tokyo, and several other collections. A ribbed variety is also known.


Jörg states that the kendi is a drinking and pouring vessel widely used in Asia. Its basic shape is a bulbous body, a long neck and a tubular or breast-shaped (mammiform) spout on the shoulder. The kendi has no handle and one holds it by the neck and drinks from the spout. The kendi seems to have evolved from the Indian kundika and spread throughout Asia, changing shape and adapting to existing local vessels for similar use. Kendis of Chinese kraak porcelain of the first half of the 17th century and Japanese kendis of the second half were part of the Dutch East India Company's (VOC) porcelain assortment for the inter-Asian trade. Apparently, they also reached The Netherlands in small quantities, probably as part of the belongings of retiring VOC employees. They were not used according to their traditional function in The Netherlands and must only have been decorative items or were filled with flowers as shown on paintings. Kendis were not used in Japan (or China) and were made exclusively for export in Arita from the 1660s. Kendis usually have a smooth body, but Japanese potters frequently made a variety that is vertically ribbed by moulding the piece. Another characteristic of Japanese kendis is the broad overturned mouthrim, seen less often in Chinese pieces.


Arts states that the gorgelet (Portuguese: gorgoletta) or ghendi of the Japanese was originally a drinking vessel in general use everywhere in Asian countries. The porcelain form originated during the Ming period probably from a far older earthenware prototype. Later on, after the habit of tobacco-smoking appeared in Asia at the beginning of the 17th century, it was also used as a nargileh base in many Mohammadan countries. The VOC registers indicate that ghendi were made by the Japanese more or less from the beginning, as an imitation of the Chinese examples. In 1669 Begal ordered from Deshima twenty large and small ghendi. The biggest market was South East Asia. In 1671 Chinese junks carried a consignment of 700 Japanese-made ghendi from Deshima to Batavia and another 600 in the following year.


2011411 en 2012166 16



A comparison in size between object 2011411 and object 2012166, object 2012166 is not included in this sale/offer.


For an identically shaped, sized and decorated kendi, please see:

Condition: Some restored spots to the underside of the overturned rim.



Arts 1983, p.50, Pl. 23

Kyushu 1990/1, cat. 91 & 92

Jörg 2003/1, pp.63-66


Price: Sold.


Japanese Tea, Coffee and Chocolate wares 18th Century - Page 1


Object 2010380








Height with cover 85 mm (3.35 inch), height without cover 63 mm (2.48 inch), diameter handle to spout 125 mm (4.92 inch), dimensions of square mouthrim 38 mm (1.49 inch) x 38 mm (1.49 inch), diameter of footring: 40 mm (1.58 inch), weight with cover 183 grams (6.46 ounce (oz.)), weight cover 26 grams (0.92 ounce (oz.))


Square teapot with rounded sides on a low, square firing-ring. The lower body bulges before reverting to a square shape. A square shaped domed cover with a square knob finial. Curved handle and a short broken spout fitted with an unmarked silver mount/spout. Imari decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold. Greyish paste and greenish glaze. The sides decorated with two designs of flowering plants, each repeated opposite. Corners of body picked out with narrow red and gold lines. Round the square mouthrim a pointed leaves pattern border. On the handle a floret between scrolls. The red and gold lines continue from corners, dividing the cover onto four panels containing flowers similar to those on the body. 


For identically decorated teapots, please see;

Condition: A restored handle, some crazing to the glaze of the lower part of the body and base.



Impey 2002, cat. 347

Tippett 1996, p.20


Price: reduced from € 399 - $ 447 - £ 350 now with 35% discount to € 259 - $ 306 - £ 236

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


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