The smaller of the two Chinese cups shows floral decorations within an oval reserve with further flowers to either side of the reserve, while the larger cup shows two colorful birds, one perched on a blossoming tree and the other approaching, also within an oval reserve, and features a decorative border around the lip on both the exterior and interior. Both cups have curved handles and exhibit a more European style.
The Japanese cup and saucer each show four reserves – two fan-shaped, one circular and one like a scroll painting – with fine depictions of flowers, birds and landscapes as well as a courtly dressed man wearing an eboshi accompanied by his servant. Signed with iron-red on the base KAGA 加賀 MATSUHARA 松 原 sei 製.
Dimensions: HEIGHT CUPS 6.2 CM, 6.5 CM, 6 CM, DIAMETER CUPS 5.7 CM, 6.9 CM, DIAMETER SAUCER 13.4 CM
Condition: The smaller of the Chinese cups has a minor break on the lip, otherwise all pieces are in very good condition
Provenance: Collection Jelske Wagenaar, Netherlands (Chinese cups); Austrian private collection (Japanese cup and saucer)