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

The vases are painted with four rectangular panels, two with a vase of formally arranged peony, the others with a more loosely conceived spray of chrysanthemum; the panels separated by stylised floral motifs.

The flattened shoulders are decorated with a collar of chrysanthemum petals below short necks with a band of stiff leaves.

The vases were originally covered, but the lids are no longer extant, 30.5cm high.

Flowers in vases, within outlined panels, were frequent decorative motifs on jars, vases and square bottles made for export.


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