Early 20th Cen. Chinese Soapstone Zhusha Bottle and Seal with Carved Lotus and Lily Pad Relief
This carefully detailed piece has been beautifully worked by hand to create the carving of lotus flowers and lilypads relief on both sides of the bottle. The bottle is accompanied by a small spoon that is finished with a coral glass stopper and etch-trimmed brass collar.
Besides being a carving of great skill, this piece also served the purpose of a seal via the inscription of an 'archaic script' on its base. In ancient times, the carved seal script would be used to imprint its mark onto official documentation, paintings or works of poetry using the traditional '朱砂' or 'zhūshā' red ink or Cinnabar paste. In recent times, the seal would have been used to mark paintings or works of poetry.
The inside of the bottle holds traces of the Cinnabar paste as does the seal on the underside of the bottle.
Very Good. There is negligible age wear that is primarily in the form of minor chips to the soapstone that commensurable with the age of the piece, please refer to photos as part of the condition report.
c. 3.5" / 9 cm tall (from base to stopper) x 1.8" / 4.5 cm in width (across widest point) x c. 0.9" / 2.3 cm depth. Weight: c. 0.1kg / 139 g
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Collectors: Antique / Vintage Pair of Japanese Showa - Taisho Period Moriage Decor Satsuma Vases
Presenting this stunning pair of deceptively simple Satsuma ware vases by 金光山浅野造, the Japanese Kinkōzan Pottery.
These ceramic mantle vases bear the Satsumaware crackle / crazing glaze and hand decorated in the Moriage style. Moriage is a special type of raised decoration used on some Japanese pottery. Sometimes pieces of clay were shaped by hand and applied to the item; sometimes the clay was squeezed from a tube in the way we apply cake frosting.
The decor is in the more restrained style, as opposed to the more typically ornate vistas that would cover the body of the vase throughout. Although the form is the simple Baluster and the decor is more subdued, the portrayed immortal figure and scenic backdrop on each vase is exquisite in intricate detail and very tactile.
These vases were most likely crafted at end of the Taisho period into the Showa period c. 1920-1930, but could be older into the Meiji period.
A BIT OF HISTORY
The Kinkōzan Pottery was active 1645–1927, headed by Kinkōzan Sōbei, the pottery exported heavily from 1875, especially to America and was the largest overall producer of Satsuma export ware.
Prominent artists of the Meiji and Taishō periods artists set up etsuke workshops around 1880, coinciding with the export slump. Although they did export, stylistically their pieces demonstrated a wish to return to tradition.
Their works are recognized for a "restrained style" and "sparing distribution of motifs." Painted themes were often taken from literary classics, heroic legends, or represented nostalgic renderings of life in pre-Meiji Kyoto. Early in the twentieth century these artists also began to incorporate western techniques and styles, including perspective and muted colours, as well as the use of liquid gold (水金 suikin), which was originally developed by Germany's Meissen.
Good to excellent. There are no chips or unintentional cracks, there is a degree of use and age wear that is commensurable with the age of these pieces - please see photos as part of the condition report. Both vases are fully stamped under the Shimazu Crest and handpainted inscription of 金光山浅野造 which translates as 'Kinkōzan Asano zō (made)'
Height c. 8" / 20.3 cm tall (from base to rim) x c. 3" / 7.6 cm base diameter.
Rim diameter: c. 2.6 " / 6.7 cm
Unpackaged weight: c. 1.1 kg / 1,103 g (both vases)
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1960s Japanese Hineri Iwatsu Blue and White Cased Glass, Sculpted 3 Lobed 'Fazzoletto' Vase
Presenting this majestic work of Japanese 'Fazzoletto' art glass craftsmanship. Glass collectors will be familiar with the Murano Fazzoletto (translation 'hankerchief') technique - the art of crafting glass to mimic the elegant flowing folds of fabric.
The graceful, undulating folds of this piece is the Hineri interpretation of the technique, just as the capturing of the rich Cobalt blue within the clear cased triangular base is the rival of the Murano Sommerso technique. The inside of the vase is finished with an opaque white milk glass, providing a beautiful canvas for the blue glass to show off the varying intensities of colour amongst the folds.
Amongst collectors, the skill and quality applied in creating Japanese art glass is very much known to rival it's Western counterparts and can often be more difficult to find.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Little is known about Iwatsu glass, the commonly cited and understood reason is down to language barriers. However, it is known that the Iwatsu is a big company who mainly focuses on art glass and also makes Hineri glass. The three or four lobed "pulled" vase finished with a clear square or triangular cased base, such as the piece described above is one of their iconic designs.
Good. There are no cracks or scratches, however, there is one chip to the corner of the clear cased base but as this measures to c. 5mm, it is not noticeable when the vase is upright - please see photos as part of the condition report.
c. 11.8" / 30 cm tall (from base to rim) x 5.9" / 15 cm in diameter (across widest point). c. 3.3" / 8.3 cm base diameter
Unpackaged weight: 1.7 kg / 1,697 g
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1960s Japanese Multiglass (FTG) Clear, Blue and Green Art Glass Baluster and Scroll Work Vase
This serene work of handblown art glass is by Japanese glassworks Multiglass (previously known as FTG glass, full name Fukuoka Glass).
The form is the classic baluster that has been enriched with subtle detail. An elegant band of scroll work at the base of the neck and encircling the body, are gentle ridges. The added detail creates an excellent canvas for light refraction and as can be seen in the photos, the subsequent effect of the layered swathes of cobalt blue and emerald green dancing in the light is stunning.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Unfortunately little is known about Fukuoka Glass, at least this is the case in the Western world. FTG glass was founded in the Fukuoka prefecture in the Northern shores of Japan's Kyushu Island with a history of over 80 years in art glass.
The glassworks specialised in handblown vases, tableware and ornaments using their own technique of multi layering glass, very similar to Murano's Sommerso technique. Their skill and technique won them the Grand Prix in Paris in 1937 and designation as Fukuoka's special craft product since the late 1980s. FTG glass was renamed as Multiglass since the early 1960s.
Excellent, no chips, cracks or signs of use. There is negligible age-wear that is commensurable with age - please see photos as part of the condition report. Vase bears original Multiglass 'M', 'Made in Japan' paper label.
c. 10.4" / 26.5 cm tall (from base to rim) x c. 4.7" / 12 cm in diameter (across bodys widest point). c. 4.3 /11 cm.
Unpackaged weight: 2.4 kg / 2,385 g
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.