Large Apothecary Bottle (Translation)
有田燒伊萬里染付大瓶 江戶時代 (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

1660 - 1680
Arita ware; porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
Arita, Japan
Overall: 19 1/2 × 13 1/2 in. (49.53 × 34.29 cm)
The four panels of this apothecary bottle are decorated with the motifs of peonies and myna birds, a design derived from a Chinese prototype in Jingdezhen. This bottle, whose lid is lost, was made at a kiln in Arita, Japan by the order of the Dutch East India Company for the Portuguese market.
Edo period (1615-1868)
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
"Oriental Splendor", W &L Univ. 17 Nov - 17 Dec. 1981.
"Japanese Art from the Virginia Museum", Delaware Art Museum, 23 Sept - 31 Oct 1982.
"Oriental Splendor", Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA, 2 - 29 March 1983.
Cf: similar jar: Sotheby's Fine Japanese Works of Art, London, 20-21 October 1982,
Lot #901, p. 219 (illus.)
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