A pair of capstan-shaped, faceted trencher salts, Japanese, circa 1660/80.

The octagonal vessels, which measure 7.7cm in height, are painted in a Kakiemon palette of turquoise, cerulean, red, aubergine, black and gold; the lower section decorated with prunus growing from pierced rockwork, the shoulders with a lotus meander and the salt concavity with a simple red floret. They marry Japanese decoration with a shape based on a contemporary northern European metal form and made expressly for the European market.


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