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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.


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Latest addition: January 12, 2022.


Japanese wares over-decorated in the West 18th Century - English over-decorated Clobbered wares - Page 1


Object 2010C320








Height with cover 76 mm (2.99 inch), height without cover 68 mm (2.68 inch), diameter handle to spout 100 mm (3.94 inch), diameter of mouthrim 20 mm (0.79 inch), diameter of foot 28 mm (1.10 inch), weight including cover 99 grams (3.49 ounce (oz.)), weight cover 6 grams (0.21 ounce (oz.))


Small teapot, square, rounded body on flat unglazed base. Curved handle and a short straight spout. Small upright mouthrim, flat lid with round knob. Imari decorated in iron-red and gold on the sides with flowering plants and grasses and two deeply recessed kidney-shaped panels with modelled decorations in high relief. One panel with a cock, chicken and two eggs on the other a bird perched on a branch of a prunus tree. Round the base of the spout an upturned pointed leaves pattern border. On the handle a floret between scrolls. On the cover round the base of the knob a leaves pattern border in low relief.


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)


Bottles, vases, teapots and other objects with similar recessed panels that form a kind of window through to a deeper picture layer were only produced for a short period. This was probably because they were too time-consuming to make and therefore expensive. This type of decoration is only found on Japanese pieces; Chinese imitations are still unknown. (Jörg 2003/1, p.98, cat.96)


Japanese Imari objects decorated in a low relief are rare. In 'Fine & Curious' a bottle (cat. 96), two teapots (cat. 243) and a shaving bowl (231), all decorated in a low relief, are published. Jörg states that these objects could have been made in a specialised workshop producing for export. (Jörg 2003/1, p.100 & p.186)


The inset relief-modelled scenes, often of chickens, can also be found on longnecked bottles. (Impey 2002, p,221, cat. 381)


For an similarly shaped, sized and decorated teapot, please see:

For an earlier sold teapot also decorated in low relief with similar recessed panels that form a kind of window through to a deeper picture layer, please see:

Condition: Firing flaws to the handle, the mouthrim an underside of the rim of the cover, two very tiny fleabites to the tip of the spout and a firing tension hairline to the underside of the handle. At one point in time the cover was probably glued to the teapot by a former owner this way preventing it from accidentally falling off and breaking, some glue remains are attached to the underside of the rim of the cover.



Jörg 1982/2, cat. 98 & cat. 122

Impey 2002, cat. 381


Price: reduced from € 799 - $ 903 - £ 682 now with 30% discount to € 559 - $ 638 - £ 466

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


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Japanese wares over-decorated in the West 18th Century - English over-decorated Clobbered wares - Page 1


Object 2012221


Beaker vase




1700-1720, Over-decorated in the West probably Englandclobbered, c.1780-1830


Height 170 mm (6.69 inch), diameter of mouth 92 mm (3.62 inch), diameter of waist 78 mm (3.07 inch), diameter of footring 58 mm (2.28 inch), weight 409 grams (14.43 ounce (oz.))


Beaker vase of waisted cylindrical shape with a flaring rim and a spreading lower part tapering to a takefushi-shaped foot on a footring. Decorated in underglaze blue with two groups of flowering plants, round the rim a border with flower heads on an underglaze blue ground. Over-decorated in green enamel, iron-red and gold in the West probably Englandclobbered, c.1780-1830 with flowering plants, leaves and scrolls. Round the foot an asterisks and dots and a silkworm-pattern border.  Marked on the base with an over-decorator's mark in iron-red in the form of a square filled with a pseudo-Chinese character.


According to Espir this beaker vase belongs to a group of Japanese porcelain over-decorated with what is thought to be English decoration dating from c.1780 until about 1830. It is generally garish and so overwhelming that it gave rise to the term 'clobbered' and the poor reputation from which all over-decorated Chinese and Japanese porcelain have suffered since the late 19th century. Much of the Chinese and Japanese porcelain over-decorated in this way was blue and white dating back to the flood of imports from the first half of the eighteenth century which by then was one hundred years old second hand and so unfashionable as to be unsaleable. On the base of many pieces over-decorated in this way is a decorator's mark in iron-red in the form of a square filled with a pseudo-Chinese character. (Espir 2005, pp.239-240)     


The demand for Japanese porcelain was strong but production was restricted so here was a gap in the market that the enameller could fill most profitably by giving Chinese porcelain a Japanese look. The simplest way of transferring Chinese porcelain into 'Japanese' was to enhance Chinese blue and white porcelain with iron-red and gold to create the appearance of Imari. For European decorated oriental porcelain mostly Chinese export porcelain objects were used. Only a small proportion were Japanese. (Espir 2005, p.74)


This beaker vase was once part of a garniture which mostly consisted of three covered oviform-shaped jars and two cylindrical beaker vases with spreading mouths, all with the same decoration, They were very popular in The Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, where they were used as decorative items in the interior. (Jörg 2003/1, p.259)


Condition: Perfect.



Jörg 2003/1, p.259

Espir 2005, p.74 & pp.239-240


Price: Sold.


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Japanese wares with Western Shapes or Designs 1653-1800


Object 2012316








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.



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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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

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


Object 2012189








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.



Jörg 2003/1, p.27


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

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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

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