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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: patergratiaorientalart@hotmail.com.

 

Latest addition: August 31, 2021.

2011895
2011895

Japanese Imari 1690-1800 - 'Gold' Imari - Page 1

 

Object 2011895

 

Bowl with cover and dish

 

Japan

1700-1730

 

Dish: height 35 mm (1.38 inch), diameter of rim 215 mm (8.46 inch), diameter of footring 112 mm (4.41 inch), weight 434 grams (15.31 ounce (oz.))

Bowl (without cover): height 70 mm (2.76 inch), diameter of rim 160 mm (6.30 inch), diameter of footring 66 mm (2.59 inch), weight 316 grams (11.15 ounce (oz.))

Cover: height 38 mm (1.50 inch), diameter of rim 134 mm (5.27 inch), diameter of ring 50 mm (1.97 inch), weight 161 grams (11.15 ounce (oz.))

 

Bowl on footring, steep sides, slightly everted lobed rim. Dish on footring, everted lobed rim, three spur-marks in a V-pattern on the base, the cover with ring and lobed rim. 'Gold' Imari, decorated in gold, iron-red and a light pinkish goldwash. The dish with a flowering peony in the centre. On the sides three flower sprays, on the rim hosoge-type flowers alternating with flower motifs. On the footing of the bowl and the ring of the cover a marubatsu pattern (modern Japanese for "naughts and crosses" or "Os and Xs")¹ The reverse is undecorated. The bowl and cover are decorated en suite

 

This bowl, cover and dish 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. 

 

The hosoge floral motif ('flower of precious appearance') has Silk Road precursors and a long tradition in Japanese decorative art. It is an imaginary flower with elements of peony, pomegranate and lotus. (Jörg 2003/1, p.117, cat.125)

 

For a similarly shaped and decorated bowl with cover and dish, please see:

For a more elaborate shaped but similarly in 'Gold' imari decorated bowl with cover and dish, please see:

Condition: Some wear to the central gilding of the bowl and dish and three (glazed) firing flaws to the footring of the bowl.

 

References:

Reichel 1981, cat. 79

Jörg 2003/1, cat.125

 

Price: reduced from € 1.499 - $ 1,669 - £ 1,354 now with 45% discount to € 824 - $ 974 - £ 707 

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

 

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2012316
2012316

Japanese wares with Western Shapes or Designs 1653-1800

 

Object 2012316

 

Saucer

 

Japan

 

c.1700

 

Height 22 mm (0.87 inch), diameter of rim 128 mm (5.04 inch) x 103 mm (4.06 inch), diameter of footring 80 mm (3.15 inch) x 62 mm (2.44 inch), weight 76 grams (2.68 ounce (oz.))

 

Saucer or pattipan of lobed oval shape on a four-lobed footring. Decorated in underglaze blue with a European landscape with trees, a house and a bridge with two men and a horseman. Round the rim a dark blue border. The reverse in undecorated. Marked on the base with a six-character Chenghua mark.

 

Frederik van Frijtom (c.1632-1702)

 

Frederik van Frijtom (c.1632-1702) was a delft faience painter who specialised in plates, dishes and plaques with landscapes in blue. The elements that characterise his work include the wide blank rims of his plates and dishes, the detailed painting of trees and landscapes, and a specific way of drawing clouds, outlining them with small bows. His work shows idyllic, pastoral scenes with people riding horses, fishing from a boat, walking or hunting. Other Delft factories made pieces with similar scenes (and related scenes feature in the work of Dutch engravers and artists of that period), but Van Frijtom produced pieces of outstanding quality. He seemed to have made single items only, because no two pieces of the same design are known. (Jörg 2003/1, p.211)  

 

It is unknown when and where Van Frijtom was born. He married Lijntge Stevens, a spinster from Pernis, in Delft in 1652. They lived in 'In den gulden Brack' in the Molslaan in Delft, and had several children. He was doing well and bought real estate in Delft several times. After his wife died he married again with Elisabeth Verschouw, under a prenuptial agreement. His works are known from 1652 to 1702. He made paintings, often landscapes, mostly on panel and sometimes on canvas. However, he specialized for the Delft pottery industry in plate decorations and tile paintings. He found original decorative possibilities without using the usual symbols. A will in 1701 showed that he was ill. After his death in 1702, twelve porters carried him to his grave in the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft. (Wikipedia)

  

Frederik van Frytom life and work of a Dutch pottery decorator p.26

 

Reproduced from: Frederik van Frytom 1632-1702. Life and work of a Delft pottery-decorator. (A. Vecht, Scheltema & Holkema N.V., Amsterdam, 1968), p.26. This autogragph is not included in this sale/offer. (copyright in bibliographic data and images is held by the publisher or by their respective licensors: all rights reserved) 

 

The Frederik van Frijtom (c.1632-1702) style.

 

The Groninger Museum has two interesting, very rare early plates, each with a design clearly taken from a Delftware example, and it is tempting to connect them to the models brought over from The Netherlands in 1662. The Japanese copied not only the decoration from the Delft pieces, but also the flat base without a footring. They may represent a short-lived fashion, as it is difficult to find other examples of Dutch style decorations in the second half of the 17th century, apart from the pieces mentioned above. 

Then, unexpectedly, there was a varied output of pieces painted with Dutch landscapes, ships and harbour scenes in underglaze blue - no polychrome examples are known. Shapes include teapots. teacups and saucers, pattipans (saucers for teapots and milk jugs), plates and bowls. This type of decoration has been labelled the 'Frijtom' style.

 

This saucer or pattipan (a stand for a teapot or milk jug, or used as spoon tray) belongs to another category within the 'Frijtom' Group. The shape and decoration imitate a Delftware model in the Prinsenhof Museum, Delf, painted in the Frijtom style and dated to 1684, as part of a set of five different saucers. The motif of the horseman, the main element of the design, is also seen on other export ware. Two teacups with this design are in the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum (Arita 2000, cat.70); two others from the Gerry Collection are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Ford 1989).

 

F&C, p. 244 cat 314a

 

In his Fine & Curious on page 244, cat. 314a Jörg shows an example of an Dutch Delftware saucer, on the flat surface, within a blue line, a water landscape with a wooden bridge on which there is a horseman followed by two other men. To the right in the distance tall trees and a farmhouse. Blue border. Marked on the base: MB 1684, Prinsenhof Museum, Delft TDA126c. Reproduced from: Fine & Curious. Japanese Export Porcelain in Dutch Collections, (C.J.A. Jörg, Hotei Publishing, Amsterdam, 2003), p.244, cat. 314a. This saucer is not included in this sale/offer. (copyright in bibliographic data and images is held by the publisher or by their respective licensors: all rights reserved) 

 

It is a curiosity that these Japanese dishes / saucers were in turn copied in England at the Bow factory from c.1752 and there is even a Chinese version in the Ashmolean Collection. (Ayers, Impey & Mallet 1990, p.114Impey 2002, p.228 )

 

For an identically shaped and decorated saucers, please see:

 For an originally shaped and decorated Delftware saucer, please see:

Condition: Poor, professionally restored after being broken in two pieces, also a filled chip to the reverse rim.

 

References:

Vecht 1968, cat.42

Stamford 1981, cat. 36 & cat. 38 

Ayers, Impey & Mallet 1990, p.114

Arita 2000, cat. 69

Impey 2002, p.228 

Jörg 2003/1, cat. 314 & cat. 314a

 

Price: reduced from € 399 - $ 483 - £ 349 now with 40% discount to € 239 - $ 290 - £ 205

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

 

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2012063
2012063

Japanese wares with Western shapes or designs 1653-1800 - Page 1

 

Object 2012063

 

Ewer

 

Japan

 

1710-1730

 

Height 112 mm (4.40 inch), diameter 80 mm (3.15 inch), diameter of mouthrim 30 mm (1.18 inch), diameter of footring 50 mm (1.97 inch), weight 224 grams (7.90 ounce (oz.))

 

Oviform ewer on footring, wide neck with pinched spout. Curved pierced handle placed at an angle to the spout. Imari decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold wiith flowering chrysanthemum and peony plants. On the handle and spout a floret between scrolls. The hole in the top of the handle was meant to affix a metal or silver cover.

 

A specific group of ewers is decorated with the letters 'O', 'A', or 'S' indicating their contents: 'O' stands for olie (oil), 'A' for azijn (vinegar), 'L' for limoen (lemon), the 'S' or 'Z' for soya or zoja (soy). They were used at the dinner table in The Netherlands. Arts adds the letter 'C' for conserven (?) (preserves). (Arts 1983, p.50), (Jörg 2003/1, p.176)

 

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

For an identically shaped, sized and decorated ewer (with the initial 'A' for azijn (vinegar), please see:

Condition: Wear to the golden decoration.

 

References:

Arts 1983, Plate 22.

Jörg 2003/1, pp.176-177

 

Price: reduced from € 399 - $ 419 - £ 341 now with 40% discount to € 239 - $ 290 - £ 205

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2011924
2011924

Japanese Blue and White wares 18th Century - Page 1

 

Object 2011924

 

Bowl

 

Japan

 

1700-1730

 

Height 63 mm (2.48 inch), diameter of rim 110 mm (4.33 inch), diameter of footring 45 mm (1.77 inch), weight 167 grams (5.89 ounce (oz.))

 

Octagonal bowl on footring, steep sides and an underglaze brown-edged rim. Decorated in underglaze blue with a continuous scene of a figure and attendant carrying a parasol near a waterfall and two figures seated on a table in a rocky landscape. The well with a five branch snowflake floret within a double circle, the rim with a band of zig-zag lines and dots. Marked on the base with a square fuku (good luck) mark in running script.

 

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

For a similarly shaped and decorated bowl, please see:

Condition: A tiny frit to the rim.

 

References:

Godden 1979, cat. 223

London 1997, cat. 77

 

Price: Sold.

 

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2011428A
2011428A

Japanese wares with Western Shapes or Designs 1653-1800 - Page 1

 

Object 2011428A

 

Ewer / jug

 

Japan

 

1670-1690

 

Height 134 mm (5.28 inch), diameter 80 mm (3.15 inch). diameter of mouthrim 29 mm (1.14 inch), diameter of footring 47 mm (1.85 inch), weight 241 grams (8.50 ounce (oz.))

 

Small oviform ewer / jug on spreading takefushi or 'bamboo-noded' foot, cylindrical neck, cup-shaped mouth with pinched spout. Curved handle, pierced at the top for a mount. Decorated in underglaze blue with plants and rocks, underlined by a single line. A single line around the mouthrim, a double line around the foot, scrolling on the handle.

 

The shape derived from a European stoneware model and 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, p.106)

 

The shape of the bulging foot, which spreads and then turns sharply inward, is seen on many ewers of this period as well as on later jars, vases and other pieces. It is a distinctively Japanese feature, called takefushi, 'bamboo-noded' foot. (Jörg 2003/1, p.74)

 

For an identically small shaped and decorated ewer / jug, please see:

Condition: A Y-shaped firing glaze hairline to the inner mouth rim, a frit with two short connected hairlines and a chip to the rim.

 

References:

Lunsingh Scheurleer 1980, cat. 407

Impey 2002, cat. 122

Jörg 2003/1, p.74 & p.159

 

Price: reduced from € 499 - $ 555 - £ 450 now with 40% discount to € 299 - $ 335 - £ 256

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2010380
2010380

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

 

Object 2010380

 

Teapot

 

Japan

 

1690-1720

 

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.

 

References:

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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2012189
2012189

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

 

Object 2012189

 

Dish

 

Japan

 

1680-1700

 

Height 51 mm (2.01 inch), diameter of rim 320 mm (12.60 inch), diameter of footring 150 mm (5.91 inch), weight 1,110 grams (39.15 ounce (oz.))

 

Dish on footring, flat rim. On the base five spur-marks in a X-pattern. Decorated in underglaze blue with a flower basket on a low table on a fenced terrace filled with a blossoming prunus. On the sides and rim large panels filled with stylised peonies and precious objects alternating filled with knotted tassels between a scale pattern ground. The reverse is undecorated.

 

The decoration was copied from Chinese kraak porcelain, although, as usual, it is simplified on such imitations. This style is characteristic of early Japanese export porcelain made for the VOC to replace the well-known Chinese kraak and Transitional wares. Polychrome versions were made as well. (Jörg 2003/1, p.27)

 

Condition: Firing flaws to the centre and to the rim and some spots with discolouration of the glaze on the front and to the reverse.

 

Reference:

Jörg 2003/1, p.27

 

Price: reduced from € 499 - $ 575 - £ 439 now with 40% discount to € 299 - $ 335 - £ 256 

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2010662
2010662

 

Japanese Imari 1690-1800 - Imari with no Underglaze Blue, Iron-red and Gold only - Page 1

 

Object 2010662

 

Teapot

 

Japan

 

1690-1720

 

Height 65 mm (2.56 inch), diameter handle to spout 95 mm (3.74 inch), diameter of mouthrim 16 mm (0.63 inch), diameter of foot 35 mm (1.38 inch), weight with cover 97 grams (3.42 ounce (oz.)), weight cover 14 grams (0.49 ounce (oz.))

  

A pomegranate-shaped teapot on a flat unglazed base. Curved handle and a short straight spout. Imari decorated in iron-red and gold. The original cover is missing, fitted with a custom made, Dutch silver replica of the original cover. Decorated with branches of flowering chrysanthemum and two irregular shaped cartouches filled with coloured dots in relief. Decorated on both sides and on the cover with flowering peony branches, On the handle and spout florets between scrolls. Around the neck a pointed leaves pattern border. The Dutch silver cover has the 925 (purity) mark as the standard mark on articles too small for the full hallmarking.

 

In category 36 'Coloured Imari with no underglaze blue, iron-red and gold only' of his Japanese export porcelain, Impey states that the implication of this singular restriction of palette, without the use of underglaze blue, is that these may be the product of a single enamelling workshop, but may or may not be the product of a single kiln. The restriction is probably one of choice, for it would hardly be cheaper, if at all, to use a wider range of enamels, and no cheaper to use underglaze blue. (Impey 2002, pp.220-221)

 

According to Jörg this teapot has an unusual form for Japanese porcelain. (Jörg 1982/2, p.81)

 

For an identically shaped, sized and decorated teapot with original cover, please see:

Condition: A very tiny fleabite to the tip of the spout and a firing tension hairline to the underside of the handle.

 

References:

Jörg 1982/2, cat. 122

Impey 2002, pp.220-221

 

Price: reduced from € 699 - $ 827 - £ 627 now with 37,5% discount to € 437 - $ 520 - £ 376 

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2011807
2011807

Japanese Tea, Coffee and Chocolate wares 18th Century - Page 2

 

Object 2011807

 

Teapot

  

Japan

 

1710-1730

 

Height with cover 103 mm (4.06 inch), height without cover 74 mm (2.91 inch), diameter handle to spout 144 mm (5.67 inch), diameter of mouthrim 40 mm (1.57 inch), diameter of footring 50 mm (1.97 inch), weight with cover 230 grams (8.11 ounce (oz.)), weight cover 25 grams (0.88 ounce (oz.))

 

Oviform teapot on footring, Curved handle, slightly bent spout. Domed cover with round knob. Decorated in overglaze black, iron-red and gold with a continuous mountainous landscape with shores, pagodas, trees and swirling clouds. Round the mouthrim a leafy scroll border with half flower heads. On the handle and spout florets between scrolls. The cover is decorated en suite.

 

After the Dutch ship the Liefde had run aground in the Beppu Bay (Oita Prefectur) in Japan in 1600, regular trade continued practically without interruption from 1609 onwards (first in Hirado and from 1641 from Deshima). Between 1641 and 1847 a total of 606 Dutch ships visited Nagasaki, an average of 3 per year. They bought silk, porcelain, textiles, sugar, hides and dyes in exchange for bullion, coins, lacquerware and camphor. But the significance of the special position of the Dutch went far beyond the monopoly of trade or the exchange of commodities. The Dutch presence served as a channel of communication through which, during the centuries of seclusion, the Japanese obtained their knowledge of the world at large. (Rotterdam 1986, p.8)

 

The general public in the Netherlands had an interest in various aspects of Japanese culture, especially art forms such as Japanese prints, the ukiyo-e woodcuts. The decoration on this teapot clearly derived from one of these ukiyo-e woodcuts. (Rotterdam 1986, p.10)

 

For an identically decorated saucer, please see;

Condition: Some tiny shallow glaze fleabites and two short hairlines to the tip of the spout.

 

References:

Rotterdam 1986, p.8 & p.10

Kyushu 2002, cat. 148

Kyushu 2003, cat. 2983

 

Price: reduced from € 899 - $ 978 - £ 755 now with 40% discount to € 539 - $ 651 - £ 475

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2011790
2011790

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

 

Object 2011790

 

Large dish

 

Japan, Arita presumably Sarugawa

 

1670-1690

 

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.

 

References:

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

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