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Kosometsuke shallow dish in the shape of a fish with three triangular feet made for the tea ceremony serving purpose.

W 180mm H 35mm

Ref: WEB653

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Hooker vase with silver rim. (4771)

W 100mm H 230mm

Ref: WEB669

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A collection of Scheveningen dishes. Painted in the Japanese style copying a Dutch Delft original in the manner of Frederik van Frytom, the pattern traditionally also known as Deshima Island, depicting three figures and a bull in the foreground of various buildings around a harbour, all within a washed blue wave pattern border on the flat everted rim. The view of this well known pattern is thought to depict the Dutch coastal town Scheveningen, possibly inspired by a Dutch Delft plate by the well known pottery painter Frederick van Frytom (1652-1702). A Japanese Arita dish painted with a similar landscape is known in the Netherlands as a view of Scheveningen. This scene has also been referred to as Deshima Island, which was a fan-shaped reclaimed mudflat in Nagasaki harbour and was the V.O.C.'s headquarters in Japan from 1641-1862, but considering the stylistic similarities with the Delft prototypes and the characteristically Dutch details of this scene, this seems unlikely. (2378)

W 290mm H 50mm

Ref: WEB687

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A bowl depicting two scenes. One is outside with court officials, and the other is inside the court. the two scenes are divided by clouds. On the inner side of the bowl, there are three children playing traditional chinese games. (4646A70)

W 158mm H 98.5mm

Ref: WEB714

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Candlestick (4915)

W 82mm H 134mm

Ref: WEB716

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A Chinese blue and white 'hare' bowl Wanli period. the exterior decorated with two white hares sitting on a rocks gazing at the sky, amongst chrysanthemum in a garden setting, the interior with two flowers to the centre, the base with an apocryphal Chenghua six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle. (4928)

W 218mm H 100mm

Ref: WEB727

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Depicting a red cliff.(4603A)

W 200mm H 89mm

Ref: WEB735

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Yongzheng six-character mark in underglaze blu within a double circle and of the period (1723-1735). The dish is decorated with an official holding a fan standing with his attendant conversing with two ladies in a garden setting. (4906)

W 265mm H 25mm

Ref: WEB736

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Night light in the form of a seated cat on a stand. (4941)

W 120mm H 295mm

Ref: WEB748

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Four-sides bottle with underglaze blu decoration. Domed shoulders and a long tapering tubular, narrow cylindrical neck and stand on a rectangular foot with a flat unglazed base. Each face is painted in underglaze blue with two different flowers issuing from Chinese rocks and flying insects, on the shoulder scrolling fronds. The form of the square bottle is modelled on that of European glass ware, known also from European stoneware and faience. Such bottles were originally made to store alcohol on long sea voyages where their square shape made them easy to stow and less likely to break, it would have been fitted with a pewter screw top. Ridging around the neck imitates the scoring for a screw top. However, although the form of the bottle is entirely European, the decoration is strictly confined to the Chinese repertoire. Minor loss of glaze to the edge of the bottle is typical of Wanli blue and white kraal-type wares. (5080)

The form of the square bottle is modelled on that of European glassware and was originally used to transport alcohol across the oceans where their sturdy structure meant it less likely to break.

  • Three similar examples are illustrated by Jessica Harrison-Hall in ‘Ming Ceramics in the British Museum’, no. 11:10-11:12, p. 280-281.

Porcelain, underglaze cobalt blue.

Wanli Reign (AD 1572-1620) in the Ming Dynasty (AD 1368-1644).

Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, South Central China.

W 11cm H 17cm

Ref: WEB782

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