An intricate, colorful, expertly painted Japanese Satsuma censer that is simply amazing in its minute detail.
A lightweight ceramic that has been covered in a fine off white crackle glaze and then painted in overglaze enamels and gilt in minute expert paintings. The design is of a panel with a street scene and a pastoral village by the sea. Every inch is decorated. The gold and colors jump out and shine. It rests on four upturned rounded feet.
There is a cartouche with Japanese characters on the base that reads reads Hinode 日出 Shokai 商會.
In November 1876, Toyo Morimura, Chushichi Date and Momotaro Sato established the retail store "Hinode Shokai" in a partnership at 6th Street, New York. In 1878, Toyo started his own business and established "Hinode Shokai Morimura Brothers" for exporting Japanese antiques and miscellaneous goods. In 1881, the company altered the corporate name from "Hinode Shokai Morimura Brothers" to "Morimura Brothers" for exporting pottery and porcelain ware. In 1899, Toyo Morimura died. In 1904 it became known as the Nippon Toki Kaisha in Tokyo, which became later the foundation of the Noritake company.
2 ¾” (7.0 cm) diameter x 2 1/8” (5.4 cm) tall. Weighs 4.6 oz (130 g)
There are no cracks, chips, breaks or wear. The gold is resplendent.
A small minute work of art. It is breathtaking in the expert perfect painting. You would need a magnifying lens and a single hair brush to execute this detail.