Early 19th century Japanese porcelain Imari sculpture of a resting neatly curled cat with unusually rich decoration of a vase among scrolling flowers. Superb use of Imari decoration scheme and palette, wonderful dreamy expression on its face. Great early piece, wear to enamels as to be expected, overall in excellent condition. Marked with red enamel on the bottom: the single character is GUN (meaning a group, usually referring to animals), and four other characters literally translate as “A Collection of Valuable Playthings”, more adequate translation being “A Connoisseur's Collection”. Very charming sculpture. Length 5 1/16 inches.