Earthenware jardiniere in red and turquoise glaze supported on five feet in the form of crouching men, manufactured in Japan during the early Meiji Period (1868-1880).

Deriving from the French word for 'gardener', a jardiniere is a type of pot plant that was often highly decorated. They were produced in a range of materials, common being of ceramic or bronze, and during the late nineteenth and early decades of the twentieth century were a popular inclusion to interior furnishings.

This particular Japanese jardiniere, produced in an imari style, is in the form of a flattened bulbous bowl, resting upon the shoulders of five crouching Japanese figures. A hole in the centre of the bowl would allow for excess water to drain into a platter.

Physical Description

A bulbous bowl on five feet modelled as human figures.

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