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

The octagonal vessels are painted in a Kakiemon palette of turquoise, cerulean, red, aubergine, black and gold.

Each lower section is decorated with prunus growing from pierced rockwork, the shoulders with a lotus meander and the salt concavity with a simple red floret, 7.7cm high.

They marry Japanese decoration with a shape based on a contemporary northern European metal form and were made expressly for the European market.


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