A rare Arita zhadou form sake cup warmer. These unusually shaped vessels following the form of zhadou, Chinese lays jar, were used for the warming of sake cups, and as flower vases. The form of these cup warmers seem to follow Chinese Song precedents, an example of the Japanese preference for more classical Chinese forms, rather than later Ming and Qing examples, which characteristically have much wider openings. This particular example dates to around the Genroku period circa 1690-1710 and is decorated with a scattered pattern of the Three Friends of Winter. The warmer measures in diameter and stands high. The vessel is in excellent condition, no cracks, chips or restoration. The porcelain is of particularly fine quality. The warmer measures 14 cm wide and stands 8cm high.
See Patricia Begg's "The Japanese Aesthetic, Three Centuries of Japanese Porcelain Design and Western Interpretation", The Ceramics and Glass Circle of Australia, 2006 for a discussion of these warmers, and see Shibata Collection Part II, pp. 196 and 276 for similar examples. To see how the sake cup sits on top of the sake warmer, see Shibata Part II, p. 277.
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