Very unusual early 19th century Japanese tokkuri - sake bottle) done in totai (cloisonne on earthenware) technique. Decorated in the round with various butterflies among falling cherry flowers and petals, perfectly captured feel of transience of beauty. Differently colored enamels, black background, blue roundels borders around its foot and mouth. Beautiful brownish stains visible on the bottom and on the inside testifying to the long life of the object and adding character to the piece, some grime accumulation on the surface, wonderful feel of age to the piece. Height 5 7/16 inches.