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Fles / bottle

Collectie: Princessehof Leeuwarden

  • Bottle of globular form with a tapering neck and a flange below the rim. On the body, separated by karakusa (a scrolling, plant-like design) and chrysanthemum blooms, in four oval panels a peony branch with a bird perched on it alternating with a peony branch and a bird in flight. The shoulder with karakusa, peony and birds in flight, scrolling peony around the rim. These bottles are known as apothecary's jars and their shape is derived from western glass prototypes. They were made in various sizes and used in the Surgeons Shop in Batavia as well as shipped to the West. A very large bottle like this one would be to heavy to handle when filled, its function may have been a decorative one only. Its decoration of panels reserved on scrolling karakusa is typically Japanese and found on several other closed shapes, like jugs and mugs. A bottle of almost this size decorated in underglaze blue with a scrolling cherry is in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. These bottles are also known with a decoration in enamels and were exported in white porcelain as well to be painted in the West. Examples of these are in several western collections.

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