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Japanese Arita blue and white apothecary vase

Japanese Arita Blue and White Apothecary Vase

W224 Japanese Arita blue and white apothecary vase
W224 Japanese Arita blue and white apothecary vase
W224 Japanese Arita blue and white apothecary vase
W224 Japanese Arita blue and white apothecary vase
W224 Japanese Arita blue and white apothecary vase
W224 Japanese Arita blue and white apothecary vase
Ref: W224
£ 900

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.


Dimensions:

Height: 21 cm. 8.1/4 in.


Condition:

restoration to lower flange


Notes:

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).