An octagonal teabowl and saucer, Japanese, circa 1700.

The teabowl and saucer are decorated in Kakiemon enamels, each depicting a bijin  enraptured by a nightingale which is perched on a cage beneath an awning. The human figure is rarely found in the Kakiemon style, however, this particular subject was much copied in European porcelain, and the ‘Lady and the Nightingale’ is seen in both Bow and Chelsea wares during the 1750s, saucer 2.4cm high, 12.3cm diameter, teabowl 4.7cm high, 6.6cm diameter.



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