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Japanese Arita Ware Imari Porcelain Coffeepot

Edo period, late 17th/ early 18th century


Based upon a European type but recast with exuberant Japanese molded relief decoration depicting the Seven gods of Good Fortune enjoying a festive meal in a cherry blossom garden; the neck, with shippo geometric patterns and rabbits, the cover decorated with two dragons, all resting upon three exuberant elephantine scrollwork feet.

Height: 17 ½ inches (44.5 cm.)

Ex Collection: Dr. Shirley M. Mueller
Ex: European Collection (1990s)

Illustrated: Inside the Head of a Collector, by Shirley M. Mueller, MD, 2019, p. 173 and 174
Included in the video of the exhibition: Elegance from the East: New Insights from Old Porcelain, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Lilly House, May 26- October 22, 2017.

A very similar example is in the British Museum Collection, from the Franks Collection (donated in the late 19th century: Franks.493.A).

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