A very unusual Arita barber’s bowl dating to the second quarter of the 18th century. The oval body is moulded and features butterflies and peonies on a ribbed ground. This form is very likely to have been based on Dutch Delft pottery or perhaps a silver example.
The interior is decorated in a rather striking manner with a band of underglaze blue fishes amongst breaking waves. The reverse is decorated with prunus sprigs, and two holes to the foot-rim to allow suspension.
It is now thought that high quality examples were not used in practice but used as decorations, relating to the owner's profession of barber or surgeon.
Approximately 25cm wide. Fine condition with light wear from use.
Please study the photographs.
~~~ IF YOU WISH TO GET A SHIPPING QUOTE, PLACE AN ORDER OR ASK FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL, MY ADDRESS IS ON EACH PAGE ~~~