A Japanese Arita vase, circa 1660-1680.

The vase, which is 18.8cm in height, is in the form of a Japanese lady holding a basket. She is standing beside a naturalistically modelled stump of a pine tree with a flower at her feet picked out in iron-red and blue. The vase is thought to have been at Burghley by 1688 and can perhaps be identified in the 1688 Inventory in: “My Ladyes Bedchamber–China over ye chimney and in ye Roome’, 2 Rockes & figures under them.” It was sold in 1888 at a Christie’s sale of items from the House and subsequently returned to Burghley on loan in 2005; very generously loaned by descendants of a gentleman who later acquired it.


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