A heavily-potted ovoid ceramic vase with a short, thick neck. It has a fine base crackle glaze with detailed designs using over glaze enamels and gilding. The two main panels portray children playing in garden settings with either guardian or teachers. One rotund guardian has a fan. The other appears to be playing musical instruments. The panels are framed with brocade like designs. The chrysanthemums, in particular, have a raised moriage style. The painting is expertly executed.
The unglazed foot is slightly raised and the base is glazed. There are no marks or labels.
7 3/8” (18.7 cm) tall x 4” (10.2 cm) diameter. Weighs 1 lb 1.7 oz (500 g)
There are no chips, cracks, or breaks. There is light wear to the gilding at the mouth and a light wear to the enamels on the border at the bottom of the body. Otherwise, the painting is fresh, bright and shiny.
A very substantial vase that will stands out either alone or as part of a grouping of Satsuma ceramics.
Japanese Satsuma Vase Children and Guardian in Garden Meiji Period