Pair of Japanese Arita Blue and White Ewers, C 1680
Pair of Japanese Arita blue and white ewers, c 1680, with loop handles, decorated with three panels to the bulbous lower body containing figures in a landscape against a ground of karakusa, the necks with a stylised formal floral sprays against a lotus scrollwork design, the handles pierced for a cover,
height: 9 1/16in. (23 cm.);
one ewer with crack to base of handle neatly restored.
For a similar ewer see the British Museum Collection, Museum No. Franks.1693; a very similar ewer can also be found in the collection of The Museum Het Koopmanshus, Franeker, C 580 and is illustrated in Jorg, Christiaan, Fine and Curious: Japanese Export Porcelain in Dutch Collections, Hotei: Amsterdam, 2003