As part of our Japanese works of art collection we are delighted to offer this sensational Meiji period 1868-1912 Satsuma vase by the highly regarded Kinkozan studios of Kyoto, this magnificent large scale vessel is an absolute masterpiece and represents the very best output that the Kinkozan studios could muster in the latter part of the 19th century.The cobalt blue base is finely decorated with gold and silver decoration and carries the Kinkozan signature to the underside, the vase is decorated with two main panels that sit between exceptionally fine scroll handles gilded and carved in exquisite detail, the front panel shows the scene of a warrior and attendant sat in a waterside setting, his attention caught by what may well be an apparition of a Goddess, seemingly floating above the fast running water, possibly a famous Japanese tale.The reverse depicts a tranquil scene of trees amidst a lakeside setting with characters crossing a bridge in the foreground, the artist captures the mist in the minutest detail as it rises from the lake between the trees. Each of the main panels are framed between gilded bands of finely decorated flowers that have been potted in relief , and as if that wasn’t quite enough the artist has continued with his extraordinary skills on the shoulders by forming raised bamboo type swags decorated in exceptional gilding above four panels containing dragons, birds and minogame, the sheer brilliance of this piece ranks it amongst the very pinnacle of Kinozan masterpieces, and was in my view undoubtedly destined for exhibition to display the remarkable range of techniques achievable at this time. Simply breathtaking work.
Sothebys, Bond Street, circa 1993- by repute.
Private USA collection since that sale .
Condition report :
Fine condition throughout.
Approximate Sizes :
Height : 11.5″ 29.2 cm
Width : 10 1/4″ 26 cm
Depth : 9″ 23 cm
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Dai Nihon Kyoto Kinkozan Zo Made by Kinkozan Kyoto Great Japan