A pair of Kakiemon tankards, Japanese, circa 1660/80.

These tankards are amongst the earliest enamelled wares based on a European metal or ceramic prototype.

They are decorated in strong Kakiemon colours on a washed biscuit ground, the rims have gilt-metal mounts and the glazed upper handles are pierced for metal mounts, 15cm high, 10cm diameter.

The 1688 Burghley Inventory records: ‘The Drawing Roome…China over the Chimney….2  painted Relev’d brown Juggs with handles Guilt Rimms.’


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