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Ewer. Oviform body, cylindrical neck and cup-shaped mouth with pinched spout and high loop handle pierced for metal lid mount; painted in Kakiemon palette of red, green, yellow and blue enamels with drawing in black; in shaped panels on either side, two boys with fan and parasol standing by flowering peony growing by rocks; formal floral motifs between them and on neck and handle; double red lines around lip, shoulder and base and framing panel designs. Kakiemon style ware. Made of porcelain.
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Diameter: 11 centimetres
Height: 20.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Ayers, Impey & Mallet 1990
With oviform body, cylindrical neck and cup-shaped mouth with pinched spout and high loop handle pierced for a metal lid mount. It is painted in a Kakiemon palette of red, green, yellow and blue enamels with drawing in black. In shaped panels on either side are two boys with a fan and a parasol standing by a flowering peony growing by rocks. Formal floral motifs appear between them and on the neck and handle; double red lines ring the lip, shoulder and base and frame the panel designs.
The decoration in the cartouches of this jug is reminiscent of that on the large jar No. 138.
Flowering peonies and prunus boughs grow beside rocks painted in the Chinese style. Two boys play with a fan and a parasol. Stylised flower motifs are painted around the neck and handle of the ewer. The ewer is decorated in the characteristic orange, blue and blue/green of the Kakiemon palette, augmented with yellow for the sand on which the rock sits. The handled ewer form is common in Japanese and Chinese porcelain. Variations of the design on this ewer appear frequently on Kakiemon-style pieces. European collectors would have been familiar with the prunus and peony through such depictions long before the plants themselves were introduced.
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