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  • Museum Accession No.: EA1978.770
  • Catalogue No.: 11
  • Object type: Mustard pot and cover
  • Kiln/Location: Blue-and-white, Arita
  • Period/Date: 1659-80
  • Dimensions: H. 14.9 cm, D. 9.3 cm
  • Provenance: Reitlinger gift
  • Description: Baluster-shaped pot. Side loop handle, slightly domed cover pierced at centre.Underglaze blue decoration. On body, peony scroll, band of ascending flag ornament at foot. Moulded loops on cover and handle broken away to accommodate mounts. Seventeenth-century European silver-gilt mounts round foot, neck and rim of cover, including Dutch hinge with mermaid grip.

    The lid was pierced centrally by the potter, after models supplied, to take the customary wooden spoon. Mustard pots appear in the bills of lading in the first year of the major export order, 1659 (see Impey, 1996, p. 134). The example here is indicative of the desire for 'more flower-work', the design almost filling the entire surface.

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