Japan, around 1690 (Porcelain). Porcelain with rich polychrome and gold decoration. Bellied, handled ewers with lean neck and articulated mouth. H. of each 26,5 cm. - Polychrome porcelain from the Far-East was a luxurious trade good in Europe in the 18th cent. Therefore clever merchants imported blue-and-white ware from Japan and China and had these pieces further decorated with enameled colours and gold in the Netherlands or England (so-called 'Clobbered' technique). See: Kerr/Mengoni, Chinese Export Ceramics, London 2011, p. 94.