Imari Ware, Oil Ewer with Gilded Red Flowers, early 18th century


Title: Imari Oil Ewer
Date: Early 18th Century
Dimensions: 11.5 x 13.5 cm

Original Japanese antique. 

An imari oil ewer with blue underglaze, decorated with gilded red flowers and two roundels containing the letter 'O' (oil).

Utilising the quality of Japanese porcelain material and expert craft making, Japanese ceramicists succeeded in amalgamating their tradition in a way that blended their own materials with European practicality and daily use. The pear-shaped body of this vessel is balanced by its flared funnel; the initial, standing for the condiment 'oil', reveals this piece as an elegant accompaniment to a refined eighteenth-century Dutch table. The slender handle is decorated with karakusa vines, whilst traces of gilt leaf veins can be traced atop the underglaze of blue foliage.

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Dimensions11.5 x 13.5 cm
Condition ReportWear consistent with age and use. Loss of some gilded areas.
SubjectFlowers & Botanical
Product Dateearly 18th century