A pair of magnificent lacquered Arita trumpet vases | Edo period, late 17th century
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A pair of magnificent lacquered Arita trumpet vases
Edo period, late 17th century
each of typical form with wide everted neck and ring foot, decorated in underglaze blue with peonies and scrolling foliage, and lacquered in gold hiramaki-e, takamaki-e, coloured pigments, each with two lobed cartouches depicting ho-o birds and chaffinch among peony and plum blossom on a hexagonal ground, the panels framed in black lacquer, divided by tied poem paper slips decorated in gold hiramaki-e on a red lacquer ground with geometric designs, bamboo and foliate scrolls, the interior of the necks with further peonies and scrolling foliage
Both approx. 58.5 cm., 23 in.
The left-hand side vase with over-painted areas of restoration to the everted rim both to the interior and exterior, there is some rubbing overall to the lacquer, typically to the poem papers, some restoration to the cords; the right-hand side vase with a crack running from the edge into the well of the vase approx. 9 cm. long, there is some minor restoration to the plum blossom, there are two small hairlines to the black lacquer band around the cartouches, old wear to the panels and the poem papers, paper collection labels
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A pair of vases almost identical to this one is in the historical collection of Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Porzellansammlung, inventory numbers P.O. 5679 and P.O. 5680)
For further reading, see Eva Ströber, 'Chinesische und japanische Porzellane mit Lackdekoren in der Dresdener Porzellansammlung', in Schwartz Porcelain - Die Leidenschaft für Lack und ihre Wirkung auf das europäische Porzellan, Ausstellungskat, (Munich 2003, pp. 26-39).