This large, attractive hexagonal bottle is a rare form. It is painted in a sort of blend of Kutani and Imari styles. One side shows a lovely woman about to open a box, the opposite side shows a man with a fan. Separating them are oversized flowers painted on a blue ground.
It is signed with the mark "Dai Nippon Hichozan Shinpo Zo", a trade mark used by merchant Tashiro Monzaemon in Arita. Tashirio received his license to trade with the Dutch in 1856, according to Gisela Jahn, in her book "Meiji Ceramics". This bottle dates from the Meiji period, (after 1868) as the phrase "Great Nippon" is used. Numerous potters used the Hichozan trade name in the production and export of wares from the late Edo period through the Meiji period.
It would be more correct to call this a cologne bottle, because of the large size. The bottle is 5" high and measures 3-3/8" from point to far point on the base. The porcelain is heavy and thick.
Although the bottle displays well, it is not perfect. There is a curving 2-1/2" crack over the shoulder of the bottle down into the panel painted with the gentleman holding the fan. The crack is stable. There are also several shallow chips on the base of the unglazed stopper.
Item ID: 1063