A wine ewer, late 17th Century.

This wine, or sake, ewer would have been designed for domestic use, probably as a high quality piece for a merchant, rather than for a member of the warrior class. Pine trees and mandarin orange trees on a riverbank decorate the lid and encircle the body, extending over the spout, and gold flat makie arabesques decorate the length of the handle. Inside the lid are two inscriptions, reading ‘to-i-tsu’ and ‘hyakuhachi/ ka-se-me-ru-ge.’ ‘Kasemeruge’ may have referred to a person’s name. Height 16.3cm, width, including spout 21.4cm.

The 1835 Burghley Inventory records: ‘Japan Closet, Japan in the Glass case opposite the door(s), sic, B & G A Kettle’.
The 1867 Burghley Inventory records: ‘Cabinets, No 88 Japan Closet, A black and gold japan kettle’


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