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Exotic domes and minarets only hint at the splendours inside

Arita, Hizen province [Japan]

Pair of cycad palm vases with mounts late 16th-early 17th century, mounts: mid-18th century

Porcelain with brown glaze and underglaze blue with gilt bronze | 33.6 x 15.5 x 13 cm (whole object) | RCIN 500

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This pair of Japanese porcelain vases with French gilt-bronze mounts were acquired for George IV in Paris in 1814 by his pastry chef, François Benois. They were inventoried at the Royal Pavilion in the Small Lobby Chamber Floor South as, 'A pair of brown ground China Jars tree trunk shape with blue and white leaf tops, mounted with very fine ormolu cup flowers, leaf stems, & fruit bases, thirteen inches’.

 

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