Signed Sobei Kinkozan vase of globular form decorated with a butterfly and chrysanthemums in raised, over-glaze enamels and gold on an autumn red ground shading to brown at top and bottom. The characteristic Satsuma type finely crackled glaze that underlies the decorations is most notable at rim and base and within the design of the butterfly and leaves of the flowers. Wear to gilding at rim and white raised enamel on petals of some flowers, light staining inside foot rim, a few light scratches and small scuffs that do not detract, all as expected for earthenware of this age. No chips or cracks. 6 inches tall, and about 5 inches wide, 2 1/8 diameter base and 1 3/8 inches across the mouth.
Kyoto, Japan, last quarter of the Mejii period. Brush mark signature 'Kinkozan Sei' (made by Kinkozan) to base.
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