Arita Perfume Bottle Decanter, Meiji Era, Antique 19thC Japanese Porcelain
The condition is very good. The end of the stopper has some shallow chips. One of the corners of the top of the stopper has a small vertical chip. There is a small flake on the enamel of one of the flower petals at the top border of the wide side. There are 3 original (in the making) small firing cracks on the base. All these small flaws are shown in the photos.
This bottle is unmarked. The archaic looking writing in the reserves may be simply decoration.
I've seen only two other examples of this type of bottle: both of the others were marked with the trade names of late Edo/early Meiji merchant traders of Arita. One I have for sale here on Ruby Lane, and it is marked Hichozan, The other is marked Zoshuntei. If you just google the name "Zoshuntei", you will see a bottle that is identical in form to this one on an Imari website. I believe that bottle is incorrectly identified as Imari, and instead should be classified as Arita porcelain. This is based upon information gleaned from the book "Meiji Porcelain" by Gisela Jahn.
Item ID: 12526
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