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Both of these teapots are painted in the Imari style, a type of decoration characterised by a palette of iron red, underglaze blue, and gilding, which originated in the town of Arita in Japan and exported from the port of Imari. A popular style with Western buyers, it was imitated by European potters to cater to demand; out of these two examples in the Chitra Collection can you guess which is Japanese imari and which one is a Dutch imitation?

Both of these teapots are painted in the Imari style, a type of decoration characterised by a palette of iron red, underglaze blue, and gilding, which originated in the town of Arita in Japan and exported from the port of Imari. A popular style with Western buyers, it was imitated by European potters to cater to demand; out of these two examples in the Chitra Collection can you guess which is Japanese imari and which one is a Dutch imitation? ... See MoreSee Less

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1. Is a Dutch teapot, tin-glazed earthenware with enamels and gilding, Netherlands, ca. 1700-1720 2. Is a Japanese porcelain teapot, ca. 1603-1863

I'm taking a guess that the left teapot is Dutch, and the right is Japanese (the pear-shaped).