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  • Museum Accession No.: EA1978.1803
  • Catalogue No.: 281
  • Object type: Pair of Gallipots
  • Kiln/Location: White, decorated in Holland, Arita
  • Period/Date: early 18th century
  • Dimensions: H. 48.2 cm, D. 32.0 cm
  • Provenance: Reitlinger gift
  • Description: A pair of large white gallipots, decorated in Holland. Tapering neck, one narrow rim below top. Red, pink wash, green and black enamels. On lower half, scenes of Harlequin and Pulcinello attacking shishi with sabres, phoenix on fence surrounded by peonies. Above shoulder, a wide Vandyke Collar of overlapping lappets with ornate stylised floral decoration. On neck, descending leaf motifs joined by formal scrolling. The rim edged with red, a band of descending fruits and chevrons around the top.

    For the meaning of the word 'gallipot', see no. 116. For an equally large gallipot, decorated with a different scene, but with borders closely resembling these examples, painted over the letters 'BS' in a circle, in underglaze blue, in the Princessehof, Leeuwarden, see Jorg, 2003, no. 280. For a smaller gallipot decorated in Holland with a shishi in this rather bravado style of painting, see Ford and Impey, 1989, no. 36c. For a recent discussion of Oriental porcelain decorated in Europe, see Espir, 1997/8.

  • Exhibited: One of the pair, in Porcelain for Palates, 1990, no. 262
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