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Arita, Hizen province [Japan]

Jar and cover Jar: 1690-1720, mounts:1780-1820

Porcelain with moulded relief decoration and painted in underglaze blue, overglaze enamel and gold, mounted in gilt bronze | 42.5 x 21.0 x 23.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 39239

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An ovoid jar, with tapering sides and short neck, the domed cover with spreading rim and pointed gilt knob. The sides are decorated in applied relief with three white prunus trees, and, in between, upright pointed panels painted with narcissus among stems of bamboo and prunus in red and gold, with a plain band round the shoulder with several blooms, and a blue band round the neck. The cover is raised on a gilt-bronze milled rim above a pierced geometric openwork arcade of acanthus and palmettes, above a lower rim of a heavy rope-twist pattern; the foot is set in a spreading base with a rope-twist pattern band and guilloche ring, supported on three small claw feet. Above the foot, the vase is pierced on one side by a gilt-bronze spigot in the form of a section of bamboo, with floral tap.

Text adapted from Chinese and Japanese Works of Art in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen: Volume II.