Japanese Blue and White Arita Tankard, Circa 1680
Japanese blue and white Arita tankard, circa 1680, decorated with three panels, containing flowers, birds in trees issuing from rockwork, ducks in a river setting, and ladies with parasols, all set within a rocky landscape with pagodas, against a scrolling background interspersed by flowerheads;
height: 9 1/4in. (23.5cm.)
Hole inserted for metal lid at time of manufacture.
There is a similar example at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, collection no. J111 from the Soame Jenyns Collection ; There is another example in the Victoria and Albert Museum with European silver mounts, no. C.417-1918, from the collection of Percival V. David. See also, Impey, ‘Japanese Export Porcelain: Catalogue of the Collection of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford’, p.54, no.34.