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Bargain SALE Japanese Porcelain

On this page you'll find existing Japanese export porcelain objects for sale now offered at a significantly reduced price.


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Latest addition: October 22, 2023.


Japanese Tea, Coffee and Chocolate wares 18th Century - Page 1


Object 2011410








Height 36 mm (1.41 inch), diameter of rim 166 mm (6.53 inch), diameter of footring 88 mm (3.47 inch), weight 287 grams (10.12 ounce (oz.))


Saucer on footring, straight rim. On the base three spur-marks. Imari decorated in underglaze blue with overglaze iron-red and gold. Decorated with kidney and rectangular shaped panels reserved on an underglaze blue ground with leafy scrolls in gold. The kidney-shaped panels are filled with a river scene with, trees, pagodas, boats, mountains and a waterfall. The rectangular panels are filled with flowering prunus, peony, chrysanthemums plant and grapes. Around the rim sprays of flowering prunus and chrysanthemum. On the reverse two sprays of flowering prunus. On the footing a marubatsu pattern (modern Japanese for "naughts and crosses" or "Os and Xs"). On the base a single chrysanthemum kiku flower head in iron-red and gold.


This saucer was probably originally, as a stand, part of a chocolate set together with a matching covered beaker now missing.


An identically shaped, sized and decorated chocolat set, comprising of a covered beaker and saucer, is in the Dresden collection (Johanneum mark 'N:6'' and signum '+'.). It was registered in 1721. (Reichel 1981, p.150, cat. 53)


For this identically shaped, sized and decorated covered beaker and saucer in the Dresden collection, please see:

Condition: Two chips and a shallow frit to the rim.



Reichel 1981, p.150 & cat. 53


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Japanese Kakiemon / Kakiemon-style wares - Kakiemon-style wares


Object 2012287








Height 28 mm (1.10 inch), diameter of rim 220 mm (8.66 inch), diameter of footring 130 mm (5.12 inch), weight 392 grams (13.83 ounce (oz.))


Dish on footring, flat rim. On the base three spur-marks in a V-pattern. Decorated in underglaze blue with two Hó-ó birds perched on a rock amongst chrysanthemums and peonies. On the sides and rim a border with birds, flowers and scrolling foliage. The reverse is undecorated.


In Japan the bird on the rock, the Hó-ó, is a mythological animal, emblematic of imperial authority. It is considered a symbol of wisdom, strength and also an inhabitant of the Buddhist Paradise. According to legend it would perch only on a kiri- or Paulownia Imperialis tree (Chinese: Wu t’ung). Carving the wood of the kiri is an art form in Japan and China. Several Asian string instruments are made from it, including the Japanese koto. The leaves and blossom of the Paulownia Imperialis became the official crest (mon) of the Empress of Japan. The kiri tree is emblematic of rectitude (Arts 1983, p.133 & 149)


According to Fitski Kakiemon production can be divided into two groups: pieces made in Nangawara which we call 'Kakiemon' and pieces made in Uchiyama, for which we use the appellation 'Kakiemon style'. This dish is representative of a group of pieces, mainly dishes, without the milky-white nigoshide body which is the main characteristic of Kakiemon. In this case, the porcelain is greyish with some impurities or kiln grit on the front and back. Such pieces were not made by the Kakiemon kiln, but by contemporary competitors and are therefore referred to as Kakiemon style. (Jörg 2003/1, p.75 & cat. 62), (Fitski 2011, pp.70-71, p. 90 & p. 97)


For similarly shaped, sized and in underglaze blue, Kakiemon style decorated dishes, please see

For a similarly, in underglaze blue with enamels, Kakiemon style decorated dish, please see:

Condition: Overall fine crazing to the glaze, a firing flaw to the reverse rim, a frit with two connected hairlines to the centre and a chip to the rim. 



Arts 1983, p.133 & 149

London 1997, cat. 49

Jörg 2003/1, p.75 & cat. 62

Kyushu 2003, cat. 1545

Fitski 2011, pp.70-71, p.90 & p.97, cat. 108, 109 & 110


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Japanese wares with Western Shapes or Designs 1653-1800 - Page 1


Object 2011854








Height 89 mm (3.50 inch), diameter 70 mm (2.76 inch), diameter of mouthrim 28 mm (1.10 inch), diameter of footring 42 mm (1.96 inch), weight 121 grams (4.27 ounce (oz.))


Oviform ewer on footring, wide neck with pinched spout . Curved pierced handle placed at an angle to the spout. Fitted with an contemporary unmarked silver mount. Imari decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold with flowering prunus branches  and a reserved roundel with the initial 'A' for the Dutch word azijn (vinegar), the underglaze blue handle and spout set at right angles.


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). (Arts 1983, p.50), (Jörg 2003/1, p.176)


For identically decorated ewers, please see:

 For an identically decorated ewer with the initial 'O', please see: 

 For an identically decorated ewer with the initial 'Z', please see: 

Condition: A firing tension hairline, caused by the firing processs, to the handle and a chip to to underside of the spout.



Howard & Ayers 1978, cat. 111

Arts 1983, Plate 22

New York 1985, lot 63

Jörg 1999, cat. 97-1 & 97-2

New York 1985, lot 63

Jörg 2003/1, pp.176-177


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