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Japanese Satsuma Ceramic Ewer Yabu Meizan

Documentation Signed
Origin Japan
Period 1900-1919
Materials ceramic
Dimensions
W. 4 in; H. 4.75 in; D. 2.2 in;
W. 10.16 cm; H. 12.07 cm; D. 5.59 cm;
Condition Good. Fine condition nearly impeccable, one tiny bite on the mouth rim as shown, a couple of unevenness along the inner edge of the mouth rim. Contact wear on the base.
Creation Date early 20th century
Description A Satsuma ware miniature ewer from the studio of Yabu Meizan (birth name Yabu Masashichi; 1853-1934), who was one of the most celebrated and collectible Satsuma artists from the Meiji Period. From his studio in Osaka, Yabu Meizan oversaw the production of the finest Satsuma wares for both domestic and export markets. He participated many international expose at the turn of the 20th century and won numerous awards for his creation.
This ewer is exquisite in every aspect. The classic elegant form is delicate and harmonious in proportion. The surface was decorated in a dense millefleur pattern (thousand flowers). The detailed rendering is visually stunning. The intricate gold gilt outlining every single petals and then layering them make the piece a piece of miniature art with jewel quality, Scrolling vine design with astonishing details crawls along the handle and pouring neck. The lid is a beautiful carved piece with lotus petals (likely original but it is also possibly a historical replacement). Around the base rim, a geometrical border with double black square features a black enamel background, another signature feature among the his work. The base is marked with the golden seal of Yabu Meizan. Circa early 20th century.
Ewer form is not a common form in Yabu Meizan's repertoire. Millefleur patter was used in some of his work, but generally as a partial element. A full surface covering found on this piece is also relatively rare. Standing 4.75 inches high, the ewer makes a great example of his finest studio work at the pinnacle of the Satsuma ceramic production.
Styles / Movements Asian, Bespoke, Traditional
Patterns Asian/Oriental, Florals/Botanical, Geometric, Handmade
Incollect Reference Number 459775
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