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

The almost globular body of each ewer is boldly painted in a runny underglaze cobalt, with three different landscape panels.

One depicts two figures carrying parasols, another, a 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, 22.5cm.


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