12 November 1996
A Large Arita Blue And White Apothecary Bottle
Late 17th Century
Decorated with a wide continuous band of birds amongst branches of peony, the neck with a band of foliate lappets, the ring foot with two underglaze blue lines, the base with the initials I.C within a floral border
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For similar examples see Jenyns, Soame, Japanese Porcelain, pls. 10a and 10b; Lerner, Martin, Catalogue of Blue and White, Early Japanese Export Ware, pls. 39-46, in particular pls. 44 and 45.
A similar example sold in these Rooms, 21 March 1990, lot 32
The initials I.C. are almost certainly those of Johannes Camphuys (1643-1695), who was born in Haarlem and joined the Dutch East India Company twenty years later. After occupying a number of minor positions, he was placed in charge of the Company's operations in Japan in 1671, and was stationed at Deshima. In 1684 he was elected Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies and was stationed in Batavia.
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