This is a gourd-like bottle with the upper terminus of the neck defined by a generous single ring finish (bead finish) or blob. The minimalistic decoration consists of a free form floral akin to a peony on one side and on the opposite side, 2 bats in flight. The foot is raised and defined. There is some lumpiness in the body - an evidence that it was hand thrown.
It is quite crude and unrefined but it is simply beautiful. There is yellowing/ light browning in some areas around the neck and shoulders also some crackling/crazing in the glaze.
The glaze is thick and smooth. Great patina of age; evidence of use. This piece is in very good to excellent condition considering its age.
The bottle is app 10 3/4" tall; 19 3/4" around the belly. A similar item is available in internet sources; also, a similar item is featured in a very reliable price guide.
The item "A JAPANESE ARITA BLUE & WHITE BOTTLE With BATS & STYLIZED FLOWER DECORATION" is in sale since Saturday, December 03, 2016. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Snuff Bottles".angelo" and is located in Redlands, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.