The size of Vase: 10 3/4" High x 5 3/4"Dia(widest) top, 6 1/8" (widest) bottom. This is most unique Japanese Porcelain Vase available. The vase is made by Izushi Yaki which was made only 10 years in Meiji period by Eishinsha. I will expalain more later in separate paragraph. The vase is made by fine quality white porcelain as well as one of top quality painting available in Meiji period. The shape of vase is fine as well. There are five fan shape windows on top side of vase with landscape, flower, and tree design. The lower area of vase has four fan shape window design. One with landscape from right, next one is monkey design with pine tree. Third one is shrimp, squid and flounder design with bmboo leaves. Last fourth one with lotus design. All of them are very finely painted . The between the fan shape windows are painted with various geometric design so well excuted with fine lines ofclouds, water, gold decorations. It is so complicately and finely painted. It is just outstanding painting vase. I never seen anything like this vase. The condition of vase is excellent, no chip, no crack and no hairline. There are spots on bamboo leaves with enamel off from due to the age right side of money. One spot inside foot rim has Kamahi, original kilm spot when it was removed from kiln. There is little gold wear at the center band corner and top edge gold. But the rest of gold works are well intact and fine shape. It is marked with Dai Nippon Eishinsha Zo at bottom side. Please see additional close up photos at #1097411.
Izushi Yaki was originated in 1764 at Izushi cho, todya's Hyogo preferecture, by Izuya Yazaemon who opened his kiln. Early age, the kiln made pottery work only. Later 1789, Nihachiya chinzaemon started Ishi Yaki. After he borrowed the monwy from Izushi clan, he went to study the porcelain making technique at Arita and he brought back potter from Arita. He started porcelain making. Later he moved to Tanba area. So Arita potter was left alone in Izushi area. Also another story is Hirado potter was brought back and not Arita. It was origin of Izushi Yaki. In 1799, the fine clay material was found in Kakitani and Taniyama area for porcelain. Then Izushi clan poured the money into the production of fine porcelain but the management did not go well, so Izushi clan sold the kiln to privately. The time of Izushi Yaki was flourished is later Edo, 1830-1844 Tenpo period. But they were making only within the porcelain of Imari and did not make their own products. At that time, Eishin-Sha was born with the very white porcelain. In Meiji, 1876, Eishin-Sha was established by Samurai who lost the job after the end of Edo and Bakumatsu into Meiji. The leader were from Nabeshima Clan kiln elite potters, three persons. It was elite group. Those fine potter saw finer porcelain material than Imari at Kakitani porcelain clay and cherished. They poured into making by Nabeshima porcelain technique and taught the students and followers. There they made fine porcelain like this hexagonal vase. They have exhibited their work at Paris Expo and received admitation. Their Izushi Yaki name were spread. However, the demand and supply did not last long time and Eishinsha was closed in 1885. But Izushi Yaki identity was established by separating from Imari. Today's Izushi Yaki work are focused on white porcelain carved works. From viewing this history, the hex vase is so unique and found to be the part of Japanese Porcelain history. Please note workmenship is fine as Fine Kyoto Satsuma yet it is so different and unique. It is not Kutani work either.