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$ 9,500

Exquisite Japanese Satsuma Vase by Seikozan

Documentation Signed
Origin Japan
Period 19th Century
Materials ceramic
H. 6.25 in; Diam. 2.25 in;
H. 15.88 cm; Diam. 5.72 cm;
Condition Good. Very fine condition. Inner rim micro uneven.
Creation Date 1880-1890s
Description A miniature vase in elegant upright form reminiscent of the Chinese imperial Willow Leaf form made by Japanese studio Seikozan circa 1890-1910s (late Meiji Period). One of the many artist studio that specialized in satsuma ware, Seikozan was perhaps a handful exceptional establishment in Kobe that produced the pieces with the highest quality and best craftmanship, on a similar level of Yabu Meizan. The output was small and most limited to miniature scale with impeccably detailed surface decoration.
This vase is a showcase of artistry of such the finest caliber. The entire surface was painstakingly decorated with seven shaped vignettes, including an incense burner, a teapot, a fan, a covered jar, a long neck vase, a cup and a round dish. snapshots of daily life with participating characters and landscape were filled artistically with astonishing attention to details. The vignettes are arranged to link with each other and to circumvent the entire surface of the vase. It can take one a long time to observe and appreciate all the stories unfold in the small space. The geometrical background is a lattice of diamond shapes. Numerous bands of contrasting designs circle the top and the bottom of the vase. The dense design is a common feature of the satsuma ware, however, the overall harmonious composition and impassible workmanship elevate this piece to the peak of this art form. Signed "Seikozan" on the bottom.
For more information on Seikozan and other similar works, refer to "Satsuma Masterpieces from the world's important collection" and "Satsuma The Romance of Japan" by Louis Lawrence.
Styles / Movements Asian, Bespoke, Traditional
Patterns Asian/Oriental, Handmade
Incollect Reference Number 491143
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