Two Imari bottle vases

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Two Imari bottle vases

Japan, Arita circa 1700

of ovoid shape with a very slender neck, decorated in underglaze blue, iron red enamel and a gold, depicting Shōchikubai, meaning Pine, Bamboo and Plum, also known as the three friends of winter.


Dimensions: Height 24 cm and smaller.


Literature: Compare a very similar bottle in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, ill. in: Oliver Impey, Chinese Export Porcelain, Amsterdam 2002, no. 294


Condition: one with repair to the mouth and set with silver mount, the other neck cut, with chip and hairline to the rim

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