Sake bottle

Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany)

Object Place: Europe, Meissen, Germany


20.8 x 6.3 cm (8 3/16 x 2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)





Each of these bottles is of a bulbous octagonal shape with an elongated neck and a short octagonal foot. The white neck is decorated with random sprays of flowers in the Kakiemon style painted in iron-red, green, blue, and yellow and with insects in iron-red or blue. At the base of the neck is a band of gilt ruyi (ju-i) heads above alternating panels of white and turquoise ground, all of which are bordered by bands of gilding. The white panels contain alternately sprays of flowers in the Kakiemon style and branches of similar flowers growing from a rock formation with ferns, in the same palette as on the neck, with the addition of gold. In the latter panels a bird painted in blue, yellow, and iron-red is shown in flight. A band of gilding decorates the foot.


(1) on side, in underglaze blue: crossed swords
(2) on base, wheel-cut: Johanneum mark N = 291 - over W


Collection of Augustus the Strong. Baroness Renée de Becker, Brussels, New York, Rome. June, 1958, purchased in New York by Rita and Frits Markus; 1979, gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus