A pair of flower vases, circa 1660/80.

Each vase, which is 16cm in height, is modelled in the form of a section of bamboo emanating from amorphous rockwork, upon which is stalking a cartoon-like macrocephalic tiger, and each is decorated in bold Kakiemon type enamels. They have been somewhat crudely constructed in a two-part mould, the tiger being applied afterwards. Tigers and bamboo together, symbolised the valour and indomitability of the samurai and were a common theme in Japanese art.
They appear in the 1763 Burghley Inventory: “the North drawing room….two china tygers”.


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