A Japanese Arita vase of archaic bronze form, circa 1660-1680.

The vase, which is 16.7cm in height, has a neck of flared hexagonal section with moulded handles. The sides have moulded panels decorated with rocks and chrysanthemum in iron-red, blue and green and the flared, lobed base is decorated with breaking waves. The vase is thought to have been at Burghley by 1688, though cannot be specifically identified in the 1688 Inventory. It was sold in 1888 in a Christie’s sale of items from the House and returned on loan in 2005; very generously loaned by descendants of a gentleman who later acquired it.


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