A Japanese blue & white porcelain jar, Arita, 1660~1680. The shape of this globular jar is taken from Dutch Delft pottery and the landscape decoration from Chinese Transitional porcelain. It is probable however that the designs for this group of export wares were taken from Dutch versions of the Chinese originals.
A jar of similar design is included in “Porcelain for Palaces, The Fashion for Japan in Europe, 1650~1750.” A group of jars from this ‘Transitional’ group is illustrated and discussed in “Japanese export porcelain” by Oliver Impey.
“Typical painted features are the bent-over figures and bottle-brush trees, while round shapes frequently have a break in the design at the ‘back’, signalled by a pile of cloud-bands or a misunderstood waterfall.” (Japanese export porcelain, Oliver Impey, Hotei Publishing, Amsterdam, 2002.)
Approximately 22.3cm high. In perfect original condition. The mouth-rim has a glazed over depression that was made before glazing. Next to this is a small area where the glaze was accidentally scraped or missed before firing. Noted in the photographs.
Please study the photographs.
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