Pair of French Mounted Arita Cache Pots

10546 A pair of French Regence gilt bronze mounted square Arita cache pots, with Dutch bird and flower decoration to all faces, gilt mounts to the rim and foot and with crawling dragon handles, with crowned C stamp.


French mounts, Porcelain Japanese Edo period decorated in Holland



Height: 7 ins (17.5 cms)

Width: 5.25 ins (13.5 cms)                                      £16,000


This unusual pair of cache pots follow the French model of mounting exotic, imported wares, often porcelain, and transforming them into functional European objects. The business of creating objets montes was a particular speciality of Parisian marchands merciers whose goods were sought throughout European courts.

These vases illustrate the journey of this kind of object. The bodies are from Japanese Arita tokuri square bottle vases, imported into Amsterdam around 1710-1720 and decorated in the Kakiemon style probably by Delft ceramic artists. They were then traded into the Paris market where the gilt bronze mounts and handles were applied. The crowned C duty marks would have been struck later in 1745-1749, most likely when the vases were on the secondary market.

It is highly likely that these vases were brought to England in the early 19th century following the revolutionary auctions and have remained in a UK private collection.

Pair of French Mounted Arita Cache Pots