Oil and vinegar ewers

Japanese export
about 1700-1750


Height: 15 cm (5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

2012.616.1a-b - 2a-b

Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain, enamel and gilt decoration, silver chain

On View

Art of the Netherlands in the 17th Century Gallery (Gallery 242)


Asia, Europe



Pair of covered Japanese Imari porcelain oil and vinegar ewers separated by two horizontal friezes, each with a handle and S-shaped spout in the form of a caterpillar. One marked on the body with “O” for “oil” and the other marked “S” for “soy.”


"S" ewer has label: "Collection G. Ephis / JAP 120"
"O" ewer has label: "Collection G. Ephis / JAP 119"


Until about 1959, Vandenbussche-Faucheur collection, Lille; 1959, given by the Vandenbussche-Faucheur family to the G. Ephis collection (private collector), France; 2012, sold by the G. Ephis collection to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 24, 2012).

Credit Line

The G. Ephis Collection—Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously, Charles Bain Hoyt Fund, John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund, Mary S. and Edward J. Holmes Fund, William Francis Warden Fund, Tamara Petrosian Davis Sculpture Fund, John Lowell Gardner Fund, Seth K. Sweetser Fund, H. E. Bolles Fund, and funds by exchange from the Kiyi and Edward M. Pflueger Collection-Bequest of Edward M. Pflueger and Gift of Kiyi Powers Pflueger