Japanese Arita Blue and White Apothecary Vase
Japanese Arita blue and white apothecary vase, Genroku period, late 17th century, the bulbous body painted with pomegranates, birds and flowers below a narrow band of petals, the slender neck with upright floral sprays the rim with two collars.
Height: 21 cm. 8.1/4 in.
restoration to lower flange
The shape of these bottle vases was inspired from medieval European pharmacy pots. In some examples, the initials IC can be found on the base: it is thought that this refers to Johannes Caphuys (1634-1695), head of the Dutch East India company in Deshima in 1671. Genroku is a Japanese era name refering to the prosperous years from the 1688 to 1704: its kanji are 元 (gen; former time) and 禄 (roku: monetary stipend or hapiness).