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Japanese wares with Western Shapes or Designs 1653-1800


Object 2012247








Height 184 mm (7.24 inch), diameter handle to spout 115 mm (4.53 inch), diameter of mouthrim 27 mm (1.06 inch), diameter of footring 57 mm (2.24 inch), weight 395 grams (13.93 ounce (oz.))


Pear shaped ewer on footring. Slender upright spout with a curved C-shaped handle.Fitted with an contemporary unmarked Dutch silver mount. Decorated in underglaze blue with a roundel inscribed with the initial 'A' for the Dutch word azijn (vinegar) surrounded by various plants growing from rockwork on both sides of the body, on the neck an upturned lotus leaves-pattern border and on the handle and spout classic foliate patterns. 


A specific group of ewers is decorated with the letters 'O´, 'A', or 'S' indicating their contents: 'O' stands for olie (oil), 'A' for azijn (vinegar), 'L' for limoen (lemon), the 'S' or 'Z' for soya or zoja (soy). They were used at the dinner table in The Netherlands. Arts adds the letter 'C' for conserven (?) (preserves). Oil and vinegar sets with inscribed initials were made in Delft faience, often with a container for two or four ewers, such Delftware examples were used as models for the Japanese imitations. Chinese ewers of this period with initials are not known, but close copies of the Japanese pieces were made in the 18th century. 'oil and vinegar jugs' were mentioned as early as 1664, but these were probably ordinary small ewers without initials. (Arts 1983, p.50), (Jörg 2003/1, pp.176-177)


For identically shaped and sized ewers, please see:

For a sold ewer initialed with the letter 'O' for olie (oil), please see:

Condition: Firing flaws, caused by the firing process, to the handle and the underside of the spout. A partial rough unglazed upper rim of the spout and a shallow chip to the underside of the tip of the spout.



Lunsingh Scheurleer 1971, cat. 108

Daendels 1981, cat. 104

Arts 1983, p.50

Jörg 2003/1, pp.176-177


Price: € 999 - $ 1,110 - £ 851

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)


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