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Edo Period 17th Century

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  • Xupes Reference OR1212002
  • Age Edo Period 17th Century
  • Condition The Kendi is offered in presentable condition without restoration. There is some damage and loss around the top with and old staple repair. There is also a stabilised crack to the body which extends about two thirds around the body. There is also a firing flaw to the bottom of the pouring spout. Nonetheless this is a rare example which could be restored although we feel would be shame to lose its originality and it displays well. Certainly an opportunity not to be missed by the discerning collector as pieces like this are rarely offered for sale!  View More Details



    Item is in unworn or unused condition and there are no visible imperfections.


    The item is in exceptional pre-owned condition and shows almost no signs of wear with very few imperfections.


    The item is in excellent pre-owned condition and shows minimal signs of wear with minor imperfections detailed in the condition report.

    Very Good

    The item is in very good condition and shows one or two noticeable signs of wear or patina relative to its age.


    The item is in good pre-owned condition and shows some general signs of wear or patina relative to its age.


    The item is in fair pre-owned condition and shows overall wear or patina relative to its age.

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  • We offer this rare antique Japanese porcelain Arita Imari Kendi with blue underglaze decoration dating from the Edo (Tokugawa) period and from the 17th century. The Kendi is a Japanese water vessel which had a pouring spout but no handle. This particular example has a narrow rounded foot with a rounded bulbous form body with a rounded protruding pouring spout to the side. The Kendi is decorated in underglaze blue with panels containing floral designs and other objects and the Kendi is typically not marked. The Kendi is believed to be an attribute of Hindu and Buddhist deities and was first made in China as early as the Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368). This is a rare example which is part of a small collection of similar wares which we believe were acquired through Sotheby’s in the early 1980’s. It is one of five pieces which we are offering for sale. One of the pieces contained a receipt which had been lodged inside the body and disintegrated when removed.

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