Teapot. Provenance: Japan. Dating: Edo period, late 17th or early 18th century. c.(1690-1720).
A square teapot with rounded sides, on a low, square firing-ring with a glazed base. The lower body bulges before reverting to a square shape. A square shaped domed cover with a square knob finial. Curved handle and a short broken spout with an unmarked silver mount. Imari decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold. Greyish paste and greenish glaze. The sides decorated with two designs of flowering plants, each repeated opposite. Corners of body picked out with narrow red and gold lines. on the neck, ascending red flag ornament. The loop handle is painted with karakusa and a stylised flower-head. The red and gold lines continue from corners, dividing the cover onto four panels containing flowers similar to those on body. Dimensions:
Height: 80 mm (3.15 inch), Diameter ear to spout: 125 mm (4.92 inch), Diameter of footring: 40 mm (1.58 inch). Condition: Fitted with a replaced silver spout, a restored handle, some crazing to the glaze of the lower part of the body and to the base. References; O. Impey, Japanese export Porcelain, Catalogue of the collection of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Amsterdam, 2002, p. 208 object 347. P. Tippett, Christie's Collections Teapots, London 1996, p. 20.