A large six sided Japanese Satsuma vase with minutely painted scenes of courtly life.
The large ceramic vase has a fine crackle base glaze that has been richly decorated with elaborate scenes of live in the courts using over glaze enamels and much gilt. The paintings are very fine and intricate; it’s hard to imagine how time consuming and detailed they were to produce. The borders and panel edgings take on a fabric look. There is even some raised line and bead work giving the scenes a 3D effect.
There are a series of Japanese characters on the base, but the center was cut out when it was lamped and they are difficult to identify.
14 ½” (36.8 cm) tall x 7” (17.8 cm) diameter. Weighs 5 lbs 0 oz (2270 g)
There are three hairlines at the mouth. There is also crack that runs from one of the hairlines to about 1/3 of the way down the body. It is not very visible on the exterior because the paintings are very intricate. A portion of the crack was restored.
There is a chip with a restoration at the mouth and another small chip on top of the rim. There is wear at the gilding on the mouth, as well as along the corners of each panel along the body. There is wear on the foot, and the base was drilled for a lamp.
A very high end Japanese satsuma vase that is still amazing and will add substance and richness to a home or collection.
Large 14 1/2" Japanese Meiji Satsuma Vase with Gilt Court Paintings