An especially lovely Japanese porcelain tea pot, the melon-form body with segmented panels decorated in the Kakiemon style with a flowering prunus stretching across one side and flowers issuing from rockwork on the other, the prunus motif continuing on the cover. Measuring 6″ x 4″. Very good condition. The cover with some slight crazing and a perfect fit. Late 17th/early 18th century.
A very charming set of three Japanese export porcelain Kutani cats, their spots richly rendered in gilding, each recumbent feline of graduated size, happily dozing, adorned with a red bow and bell about its neck. Measuring 6 1/2″, 4″ and 2 1/8″ long and in very good condition. Late 19th/early 20th century. $850.00
An especially fine Japanese Kakiemon footed dish with shaped rim decorated with a simple bouquet of flowers and a few floating blossoms, sparsely and asymmetrically placed, yet balanced and understated, hallmarks of this style of decoration that went on to be emulated in the 18th century by European porcelain makers. This charming piece measures 5 3/4″ in diameter x 1 1/2″ tall and is in excellent condition. Circa 1680-1700.
A completely charming porcelain menagerie of Japanese Hirado water dropper animal figures, very well-sculpted and detailed, most likely representing animals of the Zodiac. This collection comprising a boar, a snake, a horse, an ox, a rabbit, a tiger, a dog, and a dragon. Very minute frits to a couple of the creatures, otherwise all in great condition. Meiji period, late 19th century.
A very interesting and rare survivor of the Dutch East India Company’s involvement with the Japanese export trade. Due to civil unrest in China during the 17th century, the kilns were shut down and the insatiable European demand for porcelain led to Dutch to trade with Japan to fill that need. Here we have a Japanese Arita tankard, made to imitate Chinese export porcelain, but with distinctly Japanese decorative motifs, all on a form that is decidedly European, based on Dutch and German stonewares of the period, all capped with a European pewter mount. An amazing cross-cultural hybrid! Measuring 11″ tall to the thumb rest, and in good condition with the exception of restoration to the handle. Circa 1680.
A fine pair of Japanese 18th century shaped Arita porcelain dishes decorated in underglaze blue with a finely delineated chocolate color rim, the interior featuring a dragon pursuing the pearl of wisdom, surrounded by a border featuring four reserves each with a rather animated little horseman galloping over a bridge and through a landscape. Measuring 8 3/4′ across. Very good condition.