Large lidded blue and white Arita jar with applied takamaki-e (raised lacquer sprinkled with gold powder), and painted decoration depicting four panels, two with cockerels on rocks and two with a Karashishi lion on a mountainous landscaped surmounted by peonies.
Most of the background with applied maki-e ( lacquer sprinkled with gold powder) and a black laquer border.
Edo Period, circa 1690-1730s
Similar examples are in the collection of Augustus the Strong in Dresden and the Kyushu Ceramic Museum.
Very few examples of this kind of vases have survived because of the fragility of the lacquer which easily flakes off; Our vase retains 90-95% of its original decoration and we decided not to have it restored to fully appreciate its original condition.
The lid with old restoration.
Height: 50 cm, diameter 32 cm