Two Imari vases with lacquer decoration, circa 1700Item Number: #2617 Price: $ 4,500.00
Each of these early export Imari baluster vases has original relief gold, red and black lacquer shaped panels. The first shows two shishi, rocks and peonies and a mandarin duck, below four small panels at neck with flowerheads. The second bears an eagle attacking a fleeing hare and a second hawk on a peony branch, with six small panels at neck with hares and double diamonds. Both have underglaze cobalt-blue floral scrolls of matching design. The neck is slightly longer on the second vase. Measurements are 39.5cm each or 15.5 inches. The bodies are undamaged, but there are areas of loss to the lacquer. An unlacquered version of these vases is in the Ashmlean Museum, Oxford, published in Japanese Export Porcelain, plate 151.