This astounding pair of Japanese vases are an absolutely breathtaking example of expert craftsmanship and East Asian design.
Incredibly rare and even more collectible, both vases might appear to be exactly the same, but actually required that two separate molds be crafted to create their "mirror-image" effect.
Both vases are cast in brass that has accumulated a dazzling, rich patina over the course of many years.
They are wonderfully substantial and tall, measuring almost 16 inches.
A scene of a dragon flying over the ocean can be seen on both vases.
The dragons do not face one another, making the vases not identical, but perfect complements.
Both vases feature a classic Japanese dragon cast in very high-relief wrapping around the top. The level of detail is absolutely astonishing.
The scales and the texture of the skin and hair are downright minuscule. It is unusual to find an item cast in brass that contains so much extraordinary detail.
As you can see, the dragons appear to fly through shoots of grass that overlap their bodies in some areas. It is amazing details like this that give the scene such fantastic dimension.
The dragons fly over torrential ocean waters characterized by mesmerizing swirls and waves.
The stylized, curling waves are reminiscent of Katsushika Hokusai's Thirty Six Views of Mount Fuji.
Wrapping completely around the vase near the base, the waves are also rendered in incredible depth and detail.
The lip of each vase is decorated with a repeating pattern on incised triangles.
Both feature a beautiful oxidized finish as well as a light coating of verdigris which gives the waves and dragons a distinctly organic appeal.
Of course, there are some areas of wear and age, though the issues appear to be purely cosmetic and not affecting the structural integrity.
There is also a expected amount of wear on the interior of each vase as well as some dark red spots on the exterior.
The vases have a darker, richer patina than the pictures show. They are lighter because of the photography lighting.
The underside of one vase appears to have been replaced with copper but is quite sturdy.
Overall, the pair of vases is in excellent antique condition.
The age, decoration, quality, size, and detail make these a wonderful addition to the right decor aesthetic. Really impressive.
This pair is very heavy, so, if you are interested in purchasing and need the shipping costs, please e-mail us with your location and we can give you the cost to ship.
Measurements: 15 7/8" tall, Base is 5 7/8" in diameter, Base circumference is 21", Mouth is 4 3/4" in diameter Weight: 11 lbs. 5 oz. (each) Total weight: 22 lbs. 14 oz.