Teacup and saucer. Provenance: Japan. Dating: Late 17th early 18th century. Teacup and saucer on a footring with a flattened rim, both with a glazed base. Imari decorated in underglaze blue with iron-red, and gold. On the exterior wall of the teacup four carps are leaping out of a turbulent sea, on the exterior rim two carps, a bird, clouds and the sun. In the centre of the teacup, a carp leaping out of a turbulent sea with clouds and the sun. The interior rim is decorated with flowering prunus branches. In the centre of the saucer four carps are leaping out of a turbulent sea with two flying birds flying under clouds and the sun. On the interior wall continuous carps and four small birds. On the interior rim flowering prunus branches. On the exterior rim two flowering prunus branches, on the exterior footring three circles. On the base a paper label with the number "51". Dimensions: Teacup; Height: 44 mm (1.73 inch), Diameter: 74 mm (2.91 inch), Diameter of footring: 35 mm (1.38 inch). Saucer; Height: 26 mm (1.02 inch), Diameter: 120 mm (4.72 inch), Diameter of footring: 64 mm or (2.52 inch). Condition: Both perfect.