A pair of 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, height 15cm, diameter 10cm.

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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