Rare pair of early Bow Kakiemon Vases



An extremely rare pair of early Bow Vases, of oviform shape the tall slender necks with flared rims, raised up on a domed base with cut out foot rim. Beautifully decorated in the Japanese Kakiemon style with two phoenix birds, one in flight the other perched in a flowering prunus tree which issues from a banded hedge beside flowering bamboo, pine trees and further stylised kakiemon sprigs to the sides and reverse.

Circa 1752

A rare and elaborate script W mark to the underside of the base.

Henry Lawrence Collection

Height: 10 1/2 Ins (26.5cms.)

The vase itself, although it bears a Japanese inspired Kakiemon pattern, it is based on a Kangxi vase form.

Exhibited: Porcelain for Palaces Exhibition. The British Museum 1990 no. 337

Literature: John Ayers, Oliver Impey and J.V.G.Mallet, Porcelain for Palaces, The Fashion for Japan in Europe. No. 337, p. 284.

Item No. 1846

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