An Unusual Japanese Porcelain Kettle

c.1770 - 1830

An Unusual Late 18th or Early 19th Century Japanese Teapot or Kettle, Arita Kilns c.1770-1830. This rather eccentric kettle was perhaps used for Saké, however it has clearly been used for tea (see staining below the spout). The body is lobed, emulating the form of a melon, the cover is in the shape of a melon leaf. The colour of the moulded cover has been created in a way I’ve not seen before, it was painted in underglaze cobalt blue and then enamelled over the glaze, the blue and green look as if they have merged to give a rather nature look. The flat base is unglazed.


A chip to the unglazed edge that supports the cover, a chip under the handle which seems to be a burst bubble (see photograph). There are very minor losses to the enamels and a firing crack inside.
Height 16 cm (6 1/4 inches).
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