Imari Ware, Blue and White Oil Ewer, early 18th century


Title: Blue and White Imari Oil Ewer
Date: Early 18th Century
Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.4 cm

Original Japanese antique. 

An oviform imari oil ewer with underglaze painting in blue, a roundel bears the initial 'O' (oil).

This blue and white imari ewer is representative of some of the works created in Japan through contact with European merchants. The trailing hazy blue vines cover the entirety of the body, leaving the small lettered roundels on either side and the small band above the foot to stand out in contrast. The handle and spout are positioned at a ninety degree angle, meeting at the ewer's wide neck. Scrolling karakusa patterning can be found along the handle. This ancient motif is alleged to have originated from Egypt, eventually travelling to Japan through Buddhism and the silk road. A widely used ornament in Japan by the eighteenth century, the design returned to Europe via Dutch marine routes, greatly influencing contemporary decorative styles.

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Dimensions8.5 x 10.4 cm
Condition ReportWear consistent with age and use. Minor chip on spout.
Product Dateearly 18th century