TRÈS RARE VERSEUSE DE 'BRANCHE DE PRUNIER' EN PORCELAINE KAKIEMON JAPON, ÉPOQUE EDO, CA. 1680 | 日本 約1680年 柿右衛門彩繪嵌鎏金銅梅幹型執壺 |A very rare gilt-bronze mounted Kakiemon 'gnarled prunus' ewer, Japan, ca.1680
Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 EUR
TRÈS RARE VERSEUSE DE 'BRANCHE DE PRUNIER' EN PORCELAINE KAKIEMON JAPON, ÉPOQUE EDO, CA. 1680
日本 約1680年 柿右衛門彩繪嵌鎏金銅梅幹型執壺
A very rare gilt-bronze mounted Kakiemon 'gnarled prunus' ewer, Japan, ca.1680
modelée de façon naturaliste à l'imitation d'une section d'arbre flanquée de deux branches de prunier en fleur, l'anse et le bec verseur décorés de fleurettes bleues, monture de bronze doré (2)
24 cm, 9½ in.
24 公分， 9½ 英寸
The gilt-bronze mounts are stuck to the ewer and to the cover. The gilt bronze mount of the cover and of the ewer's mouth rim looks early 18th century whereas the mount of the foot could be later. There is some wear to the enamels and light losses to the raised parts, especially of the prunus flowers. The cover has been broken off into several part and stabilized with glue. Its top has been restored in the upper red part and already presents some cracks. There is a double hairline crack were the spout joins the upper ewer's body. There are few scattered minute cracks.
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Kakiemon vessels of naturalistic forms are extremely rare and no other related ewer appear to be recorded in Western collections. Other naturalistic Kakiemon vessels include a pair of bamboo-shaped vases with tigers preserved at Burghley House, illustrated in the Burghley Porcelains, Japan society, New York, n° 85, PP. 214-215.