A pair of Arita blue and white ewers, late 17th Century.

Each ewer is 22.5 cm in height, the almost globular body boldly painted in a runny underglaze cobalt, with three different landscape panels, one with two figures carrying parasols, another with crane near an anchorage or pavilion, the third with a flight of birds passing over a mountainous terrain. The panels are within borders of scrolling lotus, below a waisted neck decorated with trailing mallow, which rises to a galleried mouth painted with a frieze of barbed lappets. The handle is decorated with cogged foliage and pierced at the top for a metal mount.

 

REFERENCE: CER0478

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