Beaker vase. Provenance: Japan. Dating: Edo middle period (1704-1800), 1st quarter 18th century. A large beaker vase on a footring with a glazed base of waisted cylindrical shape. With a flaring rim and a spreading lower part tapering to a takefushi-shaped foot, Imari decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold. Two large shaped panels, one filled with a flowering chrysanthemum plant in a basket on a table and one filled with a flowering cherry plant in a basket on a table, have been reserved on a dark blue ground that has chrysanthemums outlined in red and foliage in gold. Round the mouth rim, two blossoming prunus branches. This beaker vase was once part of a garniture which mostly consisted of three covered oviform-shaped jars and two cylindrical beaker vase with spreading mouths, all with the same decoration, They were very popular in The Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, where they were used as decorative items in the interior.
Dimensions: Height: 208 mm (8.19 inch), Diameter of mouth: 110 mm (4.33 inch), Diameter of waist: 93 mm (3.66 inch), Diameter of footring: 70 mm (2.76 inch). Condition: A unglazed part caused by the firing process, a 4 mm (0.16 inch) frit and a 13 mm (0.51 inch) shallow glaze chip, all to the underside of the rim. Reference; C.J.A. Jörg, Fine & Curious: Japanese Export Porcelain in Dutch Collections, Amsterdam 2003, p. 259.