- Museum Accession No.: EA1978.538
- Catalogue No.: 270
- Object type: Bottle
- Kiln/Location: Kakiemon style, Arita
- Period/Date: 17th century (before 1696)
- Dimensions: H. 22.2 cm, D. 11.2 cm
- Provenance: Reitlinger gift
- Description: Squared bottle with tall neck, slight foot. Flat unglazed base. Red, blue and green Kakiemon enamels with gold. On sides, prunus and very formal daisy plants, each design repeated on the opposite face. On neck, panels of red strap-work alternate with red and gold stylised floral designs.
The formal flowers and the unusually stiff, almost jagged painting of the prunus suggests an enamelling workshop other than the Kakiemon; on the other hand, this shape is also found with more typical Kakiemon style painting, see below. Such square bottles exist with a variety of decoration; this may be the most common type. For an example in the British Museum, see Jenyns, 1965, pl. 59C; Porcelain Park, 1994, no. 27; Kyushu Ceramic Museum, 1999, no. 33. For examples with two patterns of flowers on opposite faces, but not formalised, see Kassel, 1990, no. 214; Kyushu Ceramic Museum, 1999, no. 33. For Meissen imitations of both types in Dresden, see Shono, 1973, fig. 77. For a Meissen blue-and-white version of the shape in the Victoria and Albert Museum, see Porcelain for Palaces, 1990, pl. 290.
- Exhibited: Porcelain for Palaces, 1990, pl. 111
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