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Rare vase couvert "Hampton Court" en porcelaine Kakiemon. Japon, époque Edo, 1670-1690 - Photo Sotheby's

de forme hexagonale légèrement effilée, chaque face ornée à décor de branchages fleuris de pivoines et coquelicots, l'un orné d'un phénix, le col souligné d'une frise de motifs géométriques, l'épaulement réhaussé de deux cartouches polylobés abritant des symboles bouddhiques alternés de fleurs épanouies sur fond karakusa, le décor se répétant sur le couvercle (2); 37,8 cm, 14 7/8  in. Estimation: 25,000 - 35,000 EUR. Lot. Vendu 47,550 EUR

NOTE DE CATALOGUE: Originally, this vase would have been one of a pair of vases with the second vase decorated with the same design but in reverse thus presenting a matched pair. Named after a pair of Kakiemon vases of the same distinctive form and Kakiemon design palette in the collection at Hampton Court Palace, vases such as the present lot would have been proudly displayed in porcelain rooms of grand houses across Europe where they were often systematically arranged on the top of furniture or on shelves and brackets. Compare several examples illustrated in John Ayers et.al., Porcelain for Palaces. The Fashion for Japan in Europe 1650-1750, London, 1990, pp. 172-174, cat.nos. 151, 153 and 155.

Sotheby's. Arts d'Asie. Paris | 18 déc. 2012, www.sothebys.com