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Rare Set of Five Ko Imari âArmorialâ Sake Cups c.1750-80

Rare Set of Five Ko Imari “Armorial” Sake Cups c.1750-80


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1800: Item # 1339936

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A curious set of sake cups decorated with auspicious leaping Carp, Koi, amongst water weeds with stylised waves with ao-dama, blue balls decorated with a repeating scale or imbricated wave pattern, seigaiha, painted in a limited palette of just iron red, gilt and underglaze cobalt blue. The base of the cup painted with an overlapping lotus leaf border. The rim of the bowls decorated with a diaper pattern with small reserves containing auspicious lotus flowers. The well of the dish decorated with an Armorial with crest and stylised mantling apparently adopted by the Japanese at this period as an exotic “auspicious object”. The base of each cup painted with a four character fuki chosun mark. Examples of this particular armorial, in this form occur from the middle of the Eighteenth century. Toshio Noda on Ko Imari, see nos 66 and 67, there dated 1700-50. The same Armorial is used in no 66, and the diaper band with lotus flowers is used in no 67. Both the porcelain and the painting is of a very high standard. These novelty designs were made for both domestic consumption and also for export. The bowls measure approximately 75mm in diameter, 53mm high and have a foot-ring of 40mm diameter. The cups are in excellent condition. Additional images on request. Shipping within the UK included in the GB sterling price. Worldwide shipping included in the USD price.