Bow triple sweetmeat, kakiemon dec & encrusted with shells, C. 1760

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Bow triple shell sweetmeat, the scallop shell forms resting on clumps of seaweed and shells, all naturalistically painted in bright enamels, the interiors of the scallops with kakiemon style panels of flowers and plants, a pair of birds on a flowering branch to one, within a looping flowerhead border with pendant leaves.
Circa 1760

Condition

One scallop shell broken & restuck with area of infill, minor losses to shells, curious original factory repair to one interior with a large plug of green ‘weed’ luted over a hole.

Size

23cm wide, 12cm high

References

ref. Hurlbutt ‘Bow’ 1926, plate 4 for a very similar kakiemon decorated piece, in his collection. The original restoration is very interesting, as it was done at the factory, and is a plug of applied slip, tooled to give it an organic appearance, and painted to merge it in, a very unusual occurrence.

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