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Fine Japanese Ceramic Vase Makuzu Kozan Meiji Period

Documentation Signed
Origin Japan
Period 1900-1919
Materials ceramic
H. 8 in; Diam. 4.25 in;
H. 20.32 cm; Diam. 10.8 cm;
Condition Good. Wear consistent with age and use. Fine condition with only minor contact wear on the base ring.
Creation Date 1900s
Description A Japanese long neck porcelain vase circa 1900-1910s by the studio of Miyagawa Kozan (1842–1916), one of the most established and collected Japanese ceramist from the end of Meiji Period. Commonly known as Makuzu Kozan, which also appears as the signature on his work, his originally birth name was Miyagawa Toranosuke. He was the appointed artist to the Japanese Imperial household and his work was exhibited in many international fairs that the Meiji government participated at the turn of the century.
This vase features an elegant Classic form with a slender neck and slightly flared mouth above a baluster body. It was finely painted with two swimming carps in a copper red underglaze among green ribbons like waves. The background display a brilliant verdant green overall, Around the fish a poetic hazy effect was emphasized for a visual complexity by Fuki-e (the blow painting), an invention in Kozan's studio. The new technical development of chemical colors from the west was embraced circa 1900s in Kozan studio. This empowered the more creative experiments with not only colors, but also concept of dimension, which led Makuzu Kozan's work to become a bridge between East and West aesthetics. This is particularly evident in this vase with the Masterly details of the brush strokes, the expertly employment of gradient of color, and a very realistic and detailed rendering of the fish and their vivid motions.
For two similar examples of Kozan's work with similar carps decoration, see Page 148-149 of the book: Sekai ni Aisa Reta ya Kimono Miyagawa Kozan Makuzu Ware (Japanese Edition).
Styles / Movements Asian, Bespoke, Traditional
Patterns Animal/Insects, Handmade
Incollect Reference Number 438582
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