We're pleased to present this beautiful and substantial vintage bronze vase.
Its shape and decoration are distinctly Japanese. It was likely manufactured early in the Shōwa Period, during the time of Emperor Hirohito's reign.
Decorative arts at the time were ruled by a bold and heavy aesthetic, mimicking the country's militaristic leanings at the time.
This extraordinary vase is cast in solid, heavy bronze. Its sumptuous shape complements the scene on the front.
The scene features a pheasant and swan among languid leaves and chrysanthemums. There is a small kanji mark toward the lower right side of the scene (likely the artist's signature).
The body of the vase bears a beautiful dark color and rich patina while the rim is characterizes by a bright, more golden color.
There is a mark on the underside of the vase that reads "CPO" within a diamond shape. This stands for "Central Purchasing Office" and was used to indicate items sold on U.S. Army and Navy bases in Occupied Japan just after WWII.
While there are some small marks and areas of wear on the vase, it remains in very good condition overall.
We see its warm color and substantial presence adding just the right touch of weight and elegance to any collection.
Measurements: Height: 6 ¼" Widest circumference is21 5/8" Base measures 4" in diameter Mouth measures 3 3/8" in diameter Weight: 4 lbs., 6 oz.