Bow Porcelain Octagonal Kakiemon Sugar Box and Cover
The octagonal box with lightly domed cover and apple branch finial, enameled with panels of scrolling Ruyi tendrils gilt with a central mons and reserved on an iron-red ground, alternating with single poppies and Buddhist emblems, within brown line rims.
Height 4 1/4 inches, diameter 4 1/2 inches.
Mr. & Mrs. David Hely-Hutchinson.
Sotheby's, London, 28 October 1969, lot 110.
With Fairhead, Ltd. (paper label - inscribed Delholm).
As the Bow factory papers include several references to 'Japan octagon' wares, it is likely the Bow artisans were directly inspired by a 17th century Japanese Arita original. Closely related wares were also produced at Meissen circa 1730-35. Similarly decorated Meissen wares are recorded in the Japanese Palace Collection of Augustus the Strong; reference Claus Boltz, 'Japanisches Palais-Inventar 1770 und Turmzimmer-Inventar 1769', Keramos 153 (July 1996), p. 57. inv. nos. 343 and 344. Chelsea and Chantilly examples are also known. For a Bow example of this form, see the Victoria & Albert Museum, no. C.990&A-1924. For a Bow octagonal bowl and a stand in this pattern, see Christie's, London, 6 December 2004, lot 279.
C Estate of Sarah Belk Gambrell
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