Bottle with flowers of the four seasons

Date:
ca. 1710
Culture:
Japanese, for European (probably Dutch) market
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain painted with colored enamels over transparent glaze (Hizen ware; Imari type)
Dimensions:
Height: 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain-Export
Credit Line:
The Hans Syz Collection, Gift of Stephan B. Syz and John D. Syz, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.268.69
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201
Although the square shape of the bottle replicates a Dutch glass vessel used for holding wine or spirits, the decoration of the flowers of the four seasons—including chrysanthemums symbolic of spring, and peonies for summer—is based on Chinese and Japanese traditions.
Hans Syz (until d. 1991; to his sons, John and Stephan) ; by descent, John D. Syz ; and Stephan B. Syz (1991–95; to MMA)