Late Japanese Porcelain Bottles For the Dutch Market :
A variety of Arita bottles were produced with Dutch inscriptions in under-glaze cobalt blue between the end of the 18th century and the latter part of the 19th century. Large numbers of sherds of this type of Japanese porcelain have been recovered from Hasami, a ceramic production center south of Arita. They inscriptions vary in that the later ones are stenciled, while the earlier examples either have painted inscriptions in capital letters or occasionally in copper-plate writing. Inscriptions include “ClapusOlij” (coconut oil), “JAPANESCHZOYA” (Japanese soya) and “JAPANESCHZAKY” (Japanese sake). A rare set of bottles inscribed “MOSTAARD” (mustard) were bought back by the medical doctor Ph. F. von Siebold who served in Deshima between 1823-1829. For more information see : Japanese Export Porcelain, Catalogue of the Collection of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Oliver Impey, Hotei Publishing, Amsterdam,2002) page 224 and 225.