A pair of large Japanese Imari porcelain chargers heightened in polychrome including green, aubergine and black enamel, each painted in the centre with iron-red, gilt and underglaze blue with a vase of peony and prunus between birds perched on branches looking in at each other, the elaborate border with shaped reserves of peony flower heads and buds between butterflies with chrysanthemum, leaves and stylised clouds.

The undersides with branches of prunus, the bases with the original spur marks.

21 ¾ inches diameter 55.2 cm and 21 ½ inches, 54.7 cm

Arita Kilns circa 1690.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • From a European collection.
  • A related dish is illustrated by John Ayres in Chinese and Japanese Works of Art in The Collection of Her Majesty The Queen, volume 2, no. 1716, pp. 702/3.
  • It is most unusual to find this type of charger in pairs.


They are very fresh and bright with original gilding, one with a small foot chip, one with piece re-stuck on the rim and gilding worn at the rim.