A pair of Imari bottles, Japanese, early 18th Century.

Each bottle has a slender oviform body painted in underglaze blue, iron-red, pale green, aubergine, black and gilding.

Two leaf-shaped panels of bijin in a garden are reserved on a ground of song birds among blossoming foliage.

The tall neck has formal sprays of flowers, with two bands of scrolling foliage surrounding the foot; the base with a floral sprig, 26.4cm.


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