Jug. Provenance: Japan. Dating: Edo middle period (1704-1800), 1st quarter 18th century.
Condiment jug pear-shaped on a footring with a glazed base and a side loop handle, Imari decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold. On its waist a central roundel bearing the letter "A" (this "A" stands for the Dutch word "azijn" or vinegar) on grounds of blossoming prunus issuing from rockwork. This jug was, most likely, part of a cruet comprising set. Height: 100 mm (3.93 inch), Diameter of belly: 75 mm (2.95 inch), Diameter of footring: 50 mm (1.96 inch), Condition: Condition: A fleabite to the tip of the spout and a chip to the rim. Reference; P.L.W. Arts, Japanese porcelain, Lochem 1983, p.50, Plate 22.