A Pair of Imari Vases from the Estate of F.D. Roosevelt
Two large and matching Japanese Imari baluster vases with covers, from the estate of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, listed as item number "506" in the auction catalogue. A golden pair of kissing koi fish surmount the octangular-edged lid of the baluster shaped body, both pieces decorated with blue-ground panels of intricately hand painted floral patterns. The central image on the body of the vase is of flowers overflowing an urn on a white ground panel, which is elaborately bordered. The decoration of the form is further enhanced by teal-coloured glaze details, and cartouches of flying phoenixes, butterflies, and dragons. Imari pieces are known for their colorful and densely decorated designs of vibrant rusty orange-red, blue and gold on white ground. Imari porcelain is a type of Japanese porcelain wares that was made in the town of Arita, and exported extensively to Europe through the port of Imari during the mid-17th century through mid-18th century. Export of these wares halted in the late 18th century, but experienced resurgence in the late 19th century in European decor.
Dimensions: 30.5 x 15 x 15 in.