21 January 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 8,125
Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000
A JAPANESE ARITAWARE BLUE AND WHITE APOTHECARY BOTTLE
LAST QUARTER 17TH CENTURY
Of squat form, painted with the initials W:T:R within a ribbon-tied wreath, the sides with birds flying or perched among large peony blooms, the short neck with a band of stiff-leaf tips
10 in. (25.4 cm.) high
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In Made in China, Ron Fuchs posits that the initials may be those of Willem ten Rhijne, a surgeon who worked at the Dutch East India Company's Deshima settlement from 1674-76.
Fuchs and Howard, Made in China, p. 143, no. 91.
Howard, The Choice of the Private Trader, p. 204-5, no. 238.