A RARE KO-IMARI BOTTLE VASE, EDO PERIOD, MID-17TH CENTURY
of tea-whisk form, with oviform body on a ring foot, short neck and everted rim, with panels of chrysanthemums, poppies and scrolling foliage, divided by panels of scrollwork, decorated in iron-red, green, yellow and black enamels and iron-red lines, the shoulder with a band of lappets, iron-red neck
27.5 cm., 10⅞ in. high
- As can be seen in the photograph, there are some areas of wear to the red lines.
- There are some small areas of enamel loss.
- Otherwise, good condition.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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The collection of Robert de Billy (1869-1953)
Robert de Billy was a bibliophile, art historian and friend of Marcel Proust. He met Proust in 1890 during military service and became a life-long friend. He was the French Ambassador to Japan between 1927-1929.