A pair of Arita blue & white porcelain models of recumbent horses
Early 18th century, Japan.
Dateable to the late 17th century, early 18th century, their saddles are decorated with flowers and foliage. The irregular shaped bases with a scrolling Karakusa around the sides.
The horses were obviously made after a Dutch Delft prototype; the other model that one finds occasionally is that copying a recumbent cow – also after the Delft, 17th century. Length: 7”
Illustrated in ‘Porcelain for Palaces, The Fashion for Japan in Europe 1650-1750’ page188, fig. 176 in the Groninger Museum .