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Arita, Hizen province [Japan]

Bowl and cover mounted as a pot-pourri bowl and cover: c.1690-1730, mounts: 1750-75

Porcelain painted in underglaze blue and overglaze enamels and gold, mounted in gilt bronze | 50.0 x 38.5 x 28.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 45262

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The gold pigments on this vibrantly coloured bowl would have been applied only after the hottest initial firings, since they could not withstand the same high temperatures as the enamels.