Blue and white drug jar was made in Edo period Japan, c.1650, for the Western market, estimate £5000-8000 at Woolley & Wallis.

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Similar to pharmaceutical delftwares, it is painted in underglaze blue with a blank cartouche framed by formal scrolling designs. A rare survivor, it has a guide of £5000-8000 at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury.

This year the firm will conduct two Japanese sales on May 23: one titled Fine Japanese Works of Art and a Japanese Art II later in the day.