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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: October 20, 2020.


Japanese Imari 1690-1800 - Page 1


Object 2011744








Height 40 mm (1.57 inch), diameter of rim 246 mm (9.69 inch), diameter of footring 113 mm (4.45 inch), weight 530 grams (18.70 ounce (oz.)),


Dish on footring, flat rim with upturned edge. On the base three spur-marks in a Y-pattern. Imari, decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold with a central floral spray. On the sides and rim a ground of 'crackled ice', four groups of chrysanthemums and grasses painted in red and gold over the blue ground and four reserved roundels with either a Japanese lady holding a fan or with a mother and child. On the reverse three flower sprays. Marked on the base with a square fuku (good luck) mark in running script. (Jörg 2003/1, p.112, cat. 117)


The 'crackled ice' ground already occurred on Chinese Transitional porcelain, but was particularly popular on Kangxi blue-and-white pieces. It was borrowed by Japanese porcelain painters in order to compete on the export market. The figures in the roundels are unusual. There is an identical bowl in the Dresden collection proving its early 18th-century date. Another is in the Hofsilber- und Tafelkammer in Vienna. (Jörg 2003/1, p.112, cat. 117)


The square fuku mark in running script on the base is common on blue-and-white Arita and Kakiemon ware. (Arts 1983, p.161)


For an identically decorated dish, bowl and cover, please see:

For an identically decorated bowl and cover, please see: 

Condition: A frit to the rim and a hairline to the centre.



Arts 1983, p.161

Düsseldorf 2000, cat. 31

Jörg 2003/1, cat. 117


Price: reduced from € 699 - $ 778 - £ 631 now with 40% discount to € 419 - $ 494 - £ 382

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


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Japanese Blue and White wares 17th Century - Other wares - Page 1


Object 2011857


Sleeve vase / Rolwagen 






Height 182 mm (7.17 inch), diameter of mouthrim 76 mm (2.99 inch), diameter of footring 81 mm (3.19 inch), weight 392 grams (13.83 ounce (oz.))


Cylindrical sleeve vase or rolwagen, the flat base partially glazed leaving areas of the body exposed and burnt orange during the firing. Short neck, spreading rim. Decorated in underglaze blue with loose-robed figures in a rock-strewn landscape among pine trees, bamboo and clouds (repeated once with slight variation). On the neck and rim a border with descending pointed leaves.


The shape and decoration indicates a model of Chinese 'Transitional' porcelain. Chinese rolwagens - slender, cylindrical vases - were part of the VOC export assortment and enjoyed great popularity in Europe as decorative objects. Considerable number still exist. Therefore, one expects a large production of Japanese imitations, but this is not the case. They are relatively rare and never as large as the Chinese models. The name 'rolwagen'  now common in English, is the traditional Dutch name for this type of vase. It may have derived this name (literally, 'rolling wagon') from an element in a scene which frequently occurs on these Chinese vases, namely a figure seated in a cart with two big wheels, the rolwagen. Most surviving Arita examples are small, larger examples are rare. A pair is in the Burghley House Collection, Stamford. (Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p.78, cat. 66), (Jörg 2003/1, p. 32, cat. 15)


For an identically shaped small, c.182 mm (7.17 inch), rolwagen, please see:

For identically shaped large, c.280 mm (11.02 inch) rolwagens, please see:

For a similarly decorated Chinese 'Transitional' rolwagen, please see:

Condition: A professionally restored hairline to the rim.



Daendels 1981, cat. 72

Stamford 1981, cat. 50

Ayers, Impey & Mallet 1990, cat. 38 

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, cat. 66

Jörg 2003/1, cat. 15 


Price: Sold.


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Japanese Blue and White wares 17th Century - Other wares - Page 1


Object 2011069


Ewer / jug






Height 277 mm (10.91 inch), height (without cover) 268 mm (10.55 inch), diameter 145 mm (5.71 inch), diameter of mouthrim 50 mm (1.97 inch) x 45 mm (1.77 inch), diameter of footring 90 mm (3.54 inch), weight 1,180 grams (41,62 ounce (oz.))


Oviform ewer / jug on footring, cylindrical neck, cup-shaped mouth with pinched spout. Curved handle. Mounted with an 18th-19th century (?) gilt-bronze (ormolu) mount (unmarked). Decorated in underglaze blue with three shaped panels reserved on a ground of karakusa scrolls. In each panel figures, houses, flowering plants and birds. On the neck flower scrolls and a peony, round the mouth a ruyi-border. The handle with a karakusa scroll.


The shape of this ewer / jug derived from a European stoneware model. The piercing on the handles of this and similar shapes is original, and was intended for the silver or other metal mount that would customarily have been added in Europe. (Impey 2002 )


These tall long-necked jugs with landscapes in three panels separated by Mohammedan scrolls on their bodies, floral ornament on their neck and ju-i motifs, round their lips, are reminiscent of 16th- and 17th-century Ming Porcelain in decoration and probably date from 1674-1684. Some smaller jugs are similarly decorated with flowers, landscapes or figures in panels. (Lunsingh Scheurleer 1971


For identically shaped and decorated ewers, please see:

Condition: A restored (re-stuck) handle.



Lunsingh Scheurleer 1971, p.75, cat. 71a, 71b & 72.

Lunsingh Scheurleer 1980, p.379, cat. 394. p.444, cat. 518 & p.445, cat 521.

Jörg 1982/2, pp.76-77, cat. 115.

Daendels 1981, p.67, cat. 94.

Reichel 1981, cat. 10

Kassel 1990, cat. 230

Kyushu 1991, cat. 532

Impey 2002, p.54, cat. 33.

Jörg 2003/1, p.162, cat. 183.

Kyushu 2001), cat. 421

Kyushu 2003, cat. 1541 & 1817


Price: reduced from € 699 - $ 740 - £ 596 now with 50% discount to € 349 - $ 408 - £ 317

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


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Japanese Blue and White wares 17th Century - Dishes - Page 1


Object 2011790


Large dish


Japan, Arita presumably Sarugawa




Height 86 mm (3.39 inch), diameter of rim 438 mm (17.24 inch), diameter of footring 215 mm (8.46 inch)


Large dish on footring, wide flat rim. On the base nine spur-marks. Decorated in underglaze blue in a Chinese kraak style with in the centre a decoration of two branches with fruit, one with pomegranates and one with finger-lemon fruit also called 'Buddha's-hand citron' (Citrus medica). On the sides and rim large panels filled with stylised peonies and precious objects alternating with narrower panels filled with florets. The reverse is undecorated.


The pomegranate and Buddha's Hand citron (Citrus medica) symbolically represent fertility and happiness, together with the peach (longevity) they are being named 'The three Abundances'. (Arts 1983, p.140)


Fingered citron or Buddha's hand (Citrus medica) (image courtesy of S. Fan)


Although the border division copies kraak porcelain, the decoration of the two large branches filling the centre seems to be based on Chinese prototypes of the later Transitional-early Kangxi period. The Japanese potter combined two styles to create a hybrid, fashionable Japanese novelty. Dishes and plates of this design which were apparently popular, were made in different sizes. (Jörg 2003/1, p.28


For identically decorated dishes please see;

Condition: A firing flaw to the base and a fleabite and frit to the footring.



Lunsingh Scheurleer 1971, cat. 8

Woodward 1974, cat. 26(b)

Jenyns 1979, cat. 16a

Arts 1983, p.140

Hartog 1990, cat. 153

Suchomel 1997, cat. 25

Jörg 1999, cat. 27

Impey 2002, cat. 128

Jörg 2003/1, cat. 8

Kyushu 2003, cat. 2595


Price: reduced from € 1.499 - $ 1,669 - £ 1,354 now with 40% discount to € 899 - $ 1,048 - £ 823

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


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