A pair of Japanese Imari ovoid vases and covers, late 17th/early 18th Century.

The vases, measuring 60cm in height, have high domed lids, each with an onion-shaped finial. They are decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red, aubergine, yellow and black with three large panels of peony, chrysanthemum, prunus and peach, the shoulders with a band of kidney-shaped panels of similar flowers, below two registers of running foliage on the collars and necks. A surface crowded with designs was typical of Ko Imari, or old Imari, wares.


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