Patterned after a Chinese Kangxi “Hawthorn” design. This bottle is delicately and rather thinly potted with a long, narrow neck rising from a bulbous body. It is painted in underglaze cobalt blue with a “cracked ice” pattern scattered overall with plum buds and blossoms—a design known among English connoisseurs in the early 20th century as the Hawthorn pattern. This piece is identifiable as Hirado from the unglazed base which shows the very distinctive vitreous paste characteristic of the highly refined porcelain produced at this kiln. The base is very slightly inset and there is a small unglazed footring. The inside is clear glazed. Very good condition.
Height: 6 ¾ in.; Width: 3 ½ in.