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

Each of the bottles, which are 26.4cm in height, has a slender oviform body painted in underglaze blue, iron-red, pale green, aubergine, black and gilding, with two leaf-shaped panels of bijin in a garden, reserved on a ground of song birds among blossoming foliage. The tall neck has formal sprays of flowers, whilst two bands of scrolling foliage surround the foot and the base has a floral sprig.


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