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Object 2010296

 

Teacup and saucer

 

Japan

 

1700-1730

 

Height of teacup 39 mm (1.54 inch), diameter of rim 66 mm (2.60 inch), diameter of footring 26 mm (1.02 inch), weight 38 grams (1.34 ounce (oz.))

Height of saucer 20 mm (0.79 inch), diameter of rim 110 mm (4.33 inch), diameter of footring 55 mm or (2.17 inch), weight 60 grams (2.12 ounce (oz.))

 

Teacup and saucer on footrings, slightly everted rims. Imari decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red, gold and a light-pinkish gold wash with flowering plants and a white hare running away from foaming waves. The teacup is decorated en suite.

 

The hare is associated with the moon and old age. Legends says that the doe conceives by running on the waves on the 18th day of the 8th month when the sky is clear and the moon is reflected in the water, by licking the fur of the male during the same period or simply by gazing at the moon this may explain the wavy lines on this teacup and saucer. Another version of the legend tells of a white hare on the island of Oki wanted to go to the mainland but as he could not swim, he cunningly asked a number of crocodiles to line up in the water, under the pretence of counting them to see if there were more crocodiles in the sea than hares on Oki. He had almost reached the shore by jumping across their backs, when the last crocodile saw through his deception and snapped off all his fur before the hare leapt ashore. (Arts 1983, pp.113-114), (Jörg 2003/1, pp.117-118)

 

For a similarly decorated bowl, please see:

Condition teacup: A tiny fleabite to the inner rim.

Condition saucer: A shallow glaze chip to the outer rim of the saucer.

 

References:

Arts 1983, pp.113-114

Jörg 2003/1, cat. 126, 247 & 247a

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2012375

 

Teapot

 

Japan

 

1700-1720

 

Height with cover 75 mm (2.95 inch), height without cover 64 mm (2.44 inch), diameter handle to spout 129 mm (5.63 inch), diameter of mouthrim 40 mm (1.57 inch), diameter of footring 45 mm (1.77 inch), weight with cover 213 grams (7.15 ounce (oz.)), weight cover 26 grams (0.92 ounce (oz.))

 

Teapot of globular shape on footring, curved handle and short, slightly bent spout. Domed cover that is larger than the mouth. Round knob. Imari decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold. Imari decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold on each side with flowering chrysanthemum plants in a lotus-petal panel flanked by flowering carnation plants in lotus-petal panels On the other side flowering carnation  plants in a lotus-petal panel flanked by flowering chrysanthemum plants in lotus-petal panels  Round the mouthrim groups of flower sprays. Round the foot an ascending pointed lotus leaves-patterm border. On the handle a floret between scrolls. On the cover two flowering chrysanthemum plants opposite two flowering carnation plants.

 

These teapots were probably made for export, although the decoration is not very European, while the spout is very blunt. Those with a more elongated or curved spout seem to be more akin to the European teapot, but their shape was probably inspired by the Chinese teapot of the 16th century, which looked like the European teapot but was much smaller. It had a handle at the side, a spout opposite to it and a lid. (Arts 1983, p.53)

 

The wide, overlapping cover without a flat rim, breaking the line of the curving body, is unusual.(Jörg 2003/1, p.196)

 

Condition: Firing flaws to the tip of the spout and cover.

 

References:

Arts 1983, Plate 29

Jörg 2003/1, cat. 245

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2012327

 

Teacup and saucer

 

Japan

 

1700-1730

 

Height of teacup 41 mm (1.77 inch), diameter of rim 75 mm (2.95 inch), diameter of footring 35 mm (1.30 inch), weight 52 grams (1.80 ounce (oz.))

 

Height of saucer 22 mm (0.83 inch), diameter of rim 124 mm (4.69 inch), diameter of footring 70 mm (2.72 inch), weight 92 grams (3.56 ounce (oz.))

 

Teacup and saucer on footrings, slightly everted rims. The saucer with a spur-mark on the base. Imari decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold with a vase filled with flowers on a low table in a central roundel. On the sides three kidney shaped panels, two filled with flower heads in gold on an underglaze blue ground and one with various flower heads, alternating with a wide spread flowering wisteria. Round the rim a zig-zag lines pattern border. On the reverse three flower sprays and on the base a single concentric band in underglaze blue. The teacup is decorated en suite

  

The decorative style on this teacup and saucer is very similar to that used on other, earlier sold, Japanese Imari tea ware. The translucent enamel colours, the zig-zag lines-pattern borders and the reverses with the three wide spread flower sprays are all very similar. This could indicate that these may be the product of a single workshop but may or may not be the product of a single kiln, specialised in these high-quality tea wares. Judging by Dutch 18th century sales and inventories, Japanese porcelain was quite expensive at the time and even more highly valued than its Chinese counterpart.

 

Condition

Teacup: Perfect.

Saucer: Perfect.

 

Reference:

Jörg 2003/1, cat. 276a

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2011292

  

Teacup and saucer

 

Japan

 

1700-1730

 

Height of teacup 34 mm (1.34 inch), diameter of rim 64 mm (2.52 inch), diameter of footring 26 mm (1.02 inch), weight 30 grams (1.06 ounce (oz.))

Height of saucer 23 mm (0.90 inch), diameter of rim 109 mm (4.29 inch), diameter of footring 45 mm (1.77 inch), weight 70 grams (2.47 ounce (oz.)

 

Teacup and saucer on footrings with spreading sides and rims. Imari decorated in underglaze blue with overglaze iron-red and gold with two phoenixes or pheasants in flight near a house with veranda, a flowering tree and a fence with various flowering plants. The teacup is decorated en suite with a single flower head on the base.

 

Condition teacup: Perfect.

Condition saucer: Perfect.

 

Price: Sold.

 

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