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Striking Meiji Period Porcelain Studio Art Vase

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Striking Meiji Period Porcelain Studio Art Vase
This exceptional Japanese studio art vase has a silver overlay basket weave on under glazed Prunus motif using silver in the floral work. This distinctive vase was probably not from a major kiln but produced in a smaller garden kiln. It is difficult to find copies or even similar porcelains in reference books on Japanese ceramics. We did locate one enameled with silver tea pot of the Meiji Period which appears to exhibit a similar overlay basket weave on the neck and base. Our glazed vase was hand painted on biscuit of Prunus flowers over yellow. Another unusual technique used to decorate this vase is similar to 'silver deposit'. Patented in the West in the late 19th Century were several methods of depositing silver and other metals on ceramics or glass. It seems that silver was deposited on the flower heads on the biscuit before glazing the vase. Finally, the most striking decoration is the silver basket weave around the neck and base of the glazed vase, connected from top to bottom by narrow silver straps. This silver weaving and strap work is simply applied over the finished vase just as leaf fiber would be woven over a bottle. This is not the same type of decoration the Japanese did by melting silver at low temperatures on glazed ceramic in the 20th Century. The bottom of the vase has some small fine cracks. More picture, history and references available on our website. Size: ~ 7 1/2" H x 4"; Weight: ~ 591 grams

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