Lot 108. An early enamelled vase and cover, Edo period, mid-17th century; 27.3 cm. 10 3/4 in. high. Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's.
the oviform vase and domed cover with flattened knop finial decorated in iron-red, yellow, blue, green, purple and black enamels with roundels interspersed on an iron-red ground of patterns such as manji based key fret and a shippo pattern, with designs of hares, deer, cranes and ho-o birds, the vase has an unusual and rare element of being detailed in silver.
A slightly similar jar, decorated with a design of flowering wisteria, is in the Museum für Kunst Gewerbe, Hamburg