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A Japanese Mystery Covered Jar â Meiji/Taisho

A Japanese Mystery Covered Jar – Meiji/Taisho

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1950: Item # 843972

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This is a piece that we just could not resist – even though we have no idea at all what pottery it might have come from. The jar is a squared shape with rounded edges and creases dividing the design on the body into different but related scenes.

The lid has a scene of a village with a rounded twig shaped handle in the middle. On the sides are scenes of geishas under an overhang of light purple wisteria. Then there is a narrow vertical separation with a small child in a kimono. The next scene is of a village – surrounded by pine trees and a stream. The base is undecorated but glazed.

The mystery is the glazing – was it a deliberate plan by the potter to have the entire piece have this surreal, almost hazy, look to it. Or was it a failure for the overglaze enamels to fire properly in the kiln. Which ever it was, the scenes are beautifully executed in minute detail and the jar has a lovely and unusual quality to it.

The jar measures 8” high and is 7” diameter at its widest. We date it to the Taisho to early Showa period, circa 1925-1940. It is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks. There is no signature.