Antique Japanese Arita Porcelain Ewer, 17th century
Antique 17th century (circa 1650-1680) Japanese Arita porcelain ewer of oval form with a waisted neck and loop handles, painted in underglaze-blue with panels of peonies reserved on karakusa, the neck is with stylized peonies. The top of the handle has two holes whilst one is pierced and the other is not; the holes were made prior to the firing process of the porcelain at the request of European merchants importing Japanese porcelain for European markets because many of these types of ewer were mounted in Europe with silver or pewter lids.
MEASUREMENTS: Height: 21.5 cm (8 ½ inches), width with handles: 12.5 cm (4 7/8 in).
CONDITION: No chips, cracks, or repairs, nice age patina and good signs of usage.
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