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Kyoto, Japan

Mounted vessel vase: 1700-1775, mounts: 1750-1775

Buff stoneware, overglaze enamel with gold, gilt bronze mounts | 29.9 x 14.4 x 10.2 cm (whole object) | RCIN 100937

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A square baluster vase with short neck, blue crenelated rim and tall spreading foot again with crenelated rim; flat unglazed base with hole pierced perhaps for mounting as a lamp or fixing to the gilt-bronze base. The sides are panelled with pierced 'honeycomb' pattern in blue and on two of them are a pair of blue elephant-head handles joining the shoulder and panel below. Painted in blue, green and gilt round the panels and shoulder are fretwork patterns with red blooms in reserve, with a chevron border on the neck, and on the foot paulownia sprays in blue and green. On two sides the openwork was badly broken and the vase has lately been thoroughly restored. Entwined round the side handles are branches of berried laurel rising to form loops on either side and falling to meet the top rim. The vase sits on a square gilt-bronze base with beaded rim and eight corner panels with acanthus sprays on a blue ground, above four spirally fluted inverted ogee vase feet at the corners, the aprons with blue backgrounds enclosing female masks between scrolled swags with pendants.

This is a rare piece for which no precise equivalent of its type can be identified elsewhere.

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