ARITA c.1660 – 1680 Japanese Porcelain

An Early Enamelled Arita Porcelain Jar and Cover c.1660-1680. Decorated in Over-glaze Enamels in Red, Mustard Yellow and Blue, there is Also Under-glaze Blue Used for the Lines Dividing the Different Registers. The Design is of Two Birds Among Flowering Foliage.


Very good, a tiny shallow chip to the outer rim of the jar c.3 x 3mm. The cover with a crack c.25mm. Minor staining to crazing on the lower part of the jar.
Height : 17.7 cm (7 inches).
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References : For a very similar early Arita polychrome jar and cover of this shape and design see : Japanese Export Porcelain, Catalogue of the Collection of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Oliver Impey, Hotei Publishing, Amsterdam, 2002) page 67, plate 48. For a Japanese porcelain jar with a metal replacement cover of this shape and design see : Fine and Curious, Japanese Export Porcelain in Dutch Collections (Christiaan J.A.Jorg, Hotei Publishing, 2003.ISBN 90-74822-16-9) page 61, plate 45. A further early enamelled Japanese jar of this pattern from the Reitlinger collection is in the Ashmolean Museum Oxford, ref. 1978.533. This jar has a silver-gilt mount made c.1680 to 1700 that incorporates a replacement Chinese Famille Verte cover, see : Porcelain for Palaces, The Fashion for Japan in Europe 1650 - 1750 (Various authors, The Oriental Ceramic Society,1990. ISBN 0-903421-24-0) page 122, plate 80.



Early Arita enamelled wares are by no means common, this design is only found on jars and covers of this form, they were made in two sizes. This group is some times referred to as early Kakiemon.