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  • Museum Accession No.: EA1985.37
  • Catalogue No.: 348
  • Object type: Tankard
  • Kiln/Location: Imari
  • Period/Date: early 18th century
  • Dimensions: H. 15.5 cm, D. 12.5 cm
  • Provenance: Jeffrey Story and Walter Cook Bequest
  • Description: Tankard. Rounded base, straight sides. Handle modelled partly as a branch, joining with low relief leaves and peony flowers and buds, in high relief, luted around upper sides. Brown-edged rim. Underglaze blue, and red, yellow and orange enamels with gold. Handle, the foliage around the upper body, and the foliage of prunus and chrysanthemum growing from rocks around the lower body all in underglaze blue, peony buds in yellow and gold. Chrysanthemum and prunus flower in red and gold. A cartouche opposite the handle in underglaze blue, formerly held the letter 'B' in enamel.

    The flowers are actually modelled in the round. See also no. 383, and the similarly coloured pieces in Dresden of which Reichel, 1980, illustrates two, a teapot(registered in 1721) and a wall-vase. Such high-relief flowers are very unusual. They also occur on two made-up wall sconces and a wall-clock in the Residenz, Munich and in a made-up table-centre in the Hoftafel- und Silber Kabinett, Vienna, and on the famous 'birdcage' vases (see no. 152). For a similar example in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, with the letter 'B', see Jorg, 2003, no. 202.

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